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Tax season is upon us, but don't panic. Here are a few tips on how to file your taxes while avoiding scams.

Phone calls that sound demanding, asking for money and personal information can be scary, and as accountant Marcus Mire tells KATC, they're also almost always fake. 

"The IRS never will initiate payment from you with a phone call. They'll always send you correspondence in the mail. In fact they'll send you quite a bit of correspondence before it ever would reach that sort of thing. And they're never going to email you," says Mire.

To keep your money and your information safe during tax season, be wary of fishy phone calls or emails. Mire also says it's best to work with a professional when preparing your taxes. 

"Either somebody like us, a CPA firm or a tax preparation service like HR block or Jackson Hewitt, those are generally going to be your safest methods. We're using approved software and we're handling all the filing and information and keeping it secure," says Mire.

The ASSIST Agency, Inc. will be preparing Federal and State tax returns at no charge for low- to moderate-income individuals and families starting Monday, January 29, 2018, in the Acadia Parish office at 11 N Parkerson Ave, Crowley, and the Vermilion Parish office at 407 Charity St, Abbeville.  

To make an appointment, please call:  Acadia Parish - 337-788-7550 x 138 or Vermilion Parish - 337-898-.9554. Walk-ins will be seen on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Jeff Davis office at 107 E Nezpique, Jennings, will be by appointment only beginning January 29, 2018.  

"We are preparing taxes for low and moderate-income families and individuals whose income is at or below $54,000 per year. We have been trained by the IRS to do the taxes and we have practice doing what we've been doing. It's fairly quick and we have the capacity to help you get as much as you can back," says Edna Semar, who does community services at the ASSIST Agency.

Experts also say if you decide to file on your own, make sure you're using reputable software to prepare your taxes. 

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