Beware tax scams

April 11, 2011 1:42:21 PM PDT
April 18 is the deadline to file your taxes this year. For the procrastinators, it's a last minute scramble to get it done, but for con artists, it can be an opportunity to take advantage of the unsuspecting.

This time of year, many see emails in their inboxes promising hefty refunds in exchange for a little personal information.

Beth Stevenson with the North Carolina Department of Revenue says you'll never get an email from them about your refund.

"We do not solicit any information through email, so if you get an email from us regarding your refund, we suggest you be very cautious of those," she offered.

Stevenson says information about your state refund is available on the department's website.

"We have an option on our website where you can check Where's My Refund and enter in your information and it will give you an update on the status of your refund," said Stevenson.

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The IRSs offers you the same option to check your federal refund.

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As for the wait, Stevenson says the state is staying on track when it comes to issuing refunds.

"When folks send us an accurate return, we are getting it our within 45 days, and we're still within that," she said.

And if you haven't filed yet, Stevenson offers this advice if you're looking for ways to get your refund quicker.

"If you file electronically, there is less room for error and also you can use direct deposit people who do those two options typically get them faster than those that file with paper returns," she said.

If you get an email that's "phishing" for your information, the IRS wants to hear about it. Learn more at

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