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Coronavirus affecting tax season

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(HOI) -- Tax season is extended this year with the April 15 deadline being pushed back three three months to July 15, at least at the federal level, to cut people a little slack during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Daryl Dagit of Savant Capital Management says, "the state of Illinois still has an April 15 deadline, so you want to get those tax papers filed right away."

For those who have not filed yet, there are a few tips to make sure you file them properly.

Although Dagit says that target date is subject to change, he does caution filers to be wary of scammers.

"Hearing a lot of the accountants are asking individuals who have not given their documents send them electronically, through a portal. Make sure you are not sending any documents with account numbers or social security numbers through regular e-mail. Those can be hacked, they're also asking to not have direct contact with individuals to stop the spread of the virus," Dagit said.

Many financial institutions are providing secure portals or dropboxes to keep your information and money safe.

Dagit says even then, your email account can be your biggest prey.

"We're seeing a lot more activity, you want to be more careful when getting your emails, they are getting more sophisticated by the way their emails look," Dagit explains.

He recommends instead of clicking on any email link, first hover over that hyperlink or head to the company's website by typing in the homepage URL yourself.

That will help avoid clicking dangerous scam links and giving hackers access to your data.

Donnie Tillman

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