Experts warn Long Islanders of income tax return scams

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and tax experts are warning Long Islanders to avoid income tax return scams.

IRS special agent Gerard Sullivan says tax preparers who over-inflate or lie on returns is the most common scam. He says others include identity theft and improperly filled out forms. Sullivan says the IRS will never contact a person via e-mail and ask for personal information and that any such e-mails should be disregarded.

Experts recommend being selective when choosing a tax preparer, and Sullivan reminds everyone that the person whose name is on the return is responsible for any mistakes made. He says tax evasion is a felony and convictions carry a sentence of up to five years in jail and a $250,000 fine.

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