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I.R.S tips to help you navigate your taxes

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Columbus-  Beginning last Friday, tax season officially started.  So if you feel lost as you try to navigate your taxes here are a few tips to help out.
   
Mark Green with the IRS office in Atlanta says check out some of the IRS resources on their website at irs.gov/freefile from there about 70 percent of tax filers in the state of Georgia can file electronically for free.

You can also use the online resources to find software that will double check your returns for you.  All of this makes it easier for taxpayers to do their own taxes.

"Georgia ranks 8th in regards to filing electronically," Green says, "So Georgians have stepped up to the plate. More Georgians are taking advantage of the electronic services and turning away from the traditional way and doing it themselves and saving themselves a lot of money"

The IRS also wants you to keep an eye out for potential scammers who will call you at home saying they are with the IRS and ask for personal information.  If you think the person is trying to scheme you hang up the phone and call the IRS yourself to see if there are any issues.

The IRS says they never initiate contact with taxpayers via email to request personal or financial information.  The IRS also doesn't ask for PIN numbers, passwords, or other confidential access information like credit card or bank accounts.

Remember to file you taxes or request an extension by April 15th.

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