IRS warns of tax season scams

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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) -- With only less than two weeks before taxes are due, people around the country are working on getting their taxes in before the deadline.

But a concern for many people is if they get contacted by the IRS, is it real or are they being scammed?

"The most common we get on phone calls is the ones when someone has called them and tells them they owe them money and supposedly are the IRS," H&R Block Tax Professional Susan Mack said.

Susan Mack has 24 years experience with taxes and says that the IRS will never call you for tax related information.

Instead, they will send you a letter in the mail with instructions on how to go about the next steps.

Mack stressed to customers about the handling of personal information when dealing with taxes.

"My main thing is never give anyone your social security number and if you give them your social security number, plus your date of birth, they've got an open field," Mack said.

Also, shred all documents involving your taxes after three years to avoid personal information being compromised.

If you do receive a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS, check to see what the area code is.

If they aren't from Texas or South Carolina where the IRS would be calling you from, you are being scammed.

If you do have questions about being scammed, Mack recommends calling the IRS themselves.

"And our advice to them is to call the IRS and make sure you report it to your local police department," Mack said. "Just in case somebody can stop this before it ever gets started. We believe that you can be safe by doing your taxes early."

So when you're filling out your tax paper work online or by paper, stay alert and get your paper work in before April 18th.

Mack says that phone scams are the most common kind of scams and older people are targeted more than young people.

Contact the IRS with any tax related questions.