Waiting to file your taxes at the last-minute? Officials say be careful

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The April 15 tax filing deadline is approaching quickly, and some are filing last-minute. 

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey advises that although you may be in a hurry with a tight deadline, fill out your information carefully. 

“It’s always better to take your time rather than rush and make a mistake when dealing with such sensitive information,” Morrisey said in a press release. “Don’t hurry, make sure everything is filled out correctly and ensure your tax information gets sent to the right place.” 

He added that if you make any mistakes, they can cause headaches down the road. 

The Attorney General’s Office shared a list of tips to follow to avoid any last-minute issues: 

  • File electronically. It’s time efficient, safer and ensures a faster tax refund 
  • Double check information 
  • If mailing a tax return, double check the federal and state mailing addresses at IRS.gov and tax.wv.gov
  • Make sure to validate the legitimacy of any tax preparer or tax filing service. 
  • Shred any discarded documents that contain personal information. Doing so makes it harder for thieves to steal information. 
  • Be alert for scammers who claim to be IRS representatives as they request personal information. Scammers often make these requests with threat of arrest or lawsuit, but consumers should not comply. 

Consumers with any questions can call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division. That number is 1-800-368-8808. Or call the Eastern Panhandle consumer Protection Office in Martinsburg at 304-267-0239. 

Help can also be found online at www.wvago.gov

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