Petal tax service warns of identity theft during tax season

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Tax preparation companies remind people to use caution during this upcoming tax season and protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity theft to return preparer fraud.

According to Holland's Tax Service in Petal, receiving your money within 24 hours will not be available in the U.S. this year.

Be on the lookout for questionable return preparers who promise to give you your refund within one day or guarantee inflated refunds.

Holland's Tax Service says the biggest problem with fraud tax preparers is identity theft.

"More and more people are trying to steal your identity and that's the largest concern, and one of the greatest factors when doing your taxes is make sure you don't get scammed," said owner of Holland's Tax Service Cynthia Holland.

Make sure your tax preparer is a professional before you give them your birth date, your social security number and the amount of your gross wages.

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