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Profitt Report: What to expect this tax season

You’ve got a little more than two months before the 2017 tax filing deadline. Tax experts say the sooner you file, the better.

However, if you filed for the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit, the IRS said you should expect a bit of a delay.

“They’re doing extra screening on those this year, the Earned Income is an area where they see a lot of fraud,” said Kelli Swan, CPA at R.F. Murray & Co. in Bangor Township, “if you have already filed, it's going to be a little while before you see that refund.”

If you already filed for these credits, expect to see them the week of Feb. 27. Just like years passed, Swan said tax fraud is a big concern.

“They have really been cracking down on, they have managed to bust up some fraud rings that were getting peoples’ information and filing taxes,” she said.

Swan said the IRS will not send you e-mails demanding information. They will also never call and threaten you.

“People get scared because they get a phone call saying you owe us money, you have to pay this immediately, or they get something, the emails can look pretty official sometimes,” Swan said.

If you receive something that appears to be from the IRS, don’t be afraid to ask for an identification number, call the IRS and double check that the caller is official. A thief will give you a hard time about it while an real IRS agent will allow you to do this security check.

“The more information they have, the easier it is for them to try to break it up,” Swan said, “they also want to keep other people informed.”

Also, you have a few more days to get your taxes done this year. The filing deadline is April 18 because the normal tax deadline day, April 15, falls on a Saturday and there happens to be a national holiday in the District of Columbia on the following Monday, effectively pushing back the deadline to that Tuesday.

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