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It's the season to be filing tax returns, and for scammers and identity thieves it can feel like another Christmas. But, you can keep your information safe with a little effort and preparation.

This is the fourth year the IRS has rolled out its “Dirty Dozen” tax scams, one per day over a dozen business days. In a video produced for the website, the agency reports an increase in tax scams by telephone.

If it’s tax season, then it’s also time for scammers to pose as employees of the Internal Revenue Service. The Better Business Bureau has some tips on fighting back.

Tax-related scams cost victims more than $23 million per year, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.  Reports have reached TIGTA of almost 900,000 scam contacts over the past two and a half years. Just this year, the IRS has seen a 400% increase in phishing schemes.