Letters to the Editor

Awareness is key to stopping tax scammers

IRS 1040 individual income tax forms for the 2015 tax year.
IRS 1040 individual income tax forms for the 2015 tax year. Bloomberg

Thank you for your article on tax scams (“Watch for scams this year while filing your income taxes,” April 7). As a first-timer in filing taxes, I am grateful to know there are risks that come with doing so.

Although I filed my own taxes, having the knowledge to be on guard is still helpful because $29 million lost as a nation is a big chunk of money. By spreading this awareness, this could potentially stop scammers — or at least create a decrease in scams — due to more people being on the lookout.

The public may already be familiar with tax scammers, but I believe that by regurgitating the information every tax season, scamming could slowly come to an end.

Noelani Luia, Paso Robles High School

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