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With tax season back in full swing, Yuma's branch of the Better Business Bureau has some tips on how to avoid falling victim to tax scams. A typical scam seen in our area involves scammers calling or e-mailing a potential customer, which is why staying away from any form of electronic communication with unknown parties is key. The bureau also says to be careful of anyone who reaches out to you claiming to be with the IRS. Stay away from those advertising special 'one time offer' deals, because no reputable tax business ever works this way. Janet Torricellas is the director of the Yuma branch of the Better Business Bureau and says working with either a proven online company or with a local accountant you know can go a long way towards keeping you safe from scammers. "If you do them online and have had great success in the past go for it, or if you feel like doing them one on one with someone here locally thats good as well," she says. But the number tip anyone can give you while doing your taxes? Be prepared, and know what you are going to be claiming and reporting well before you begin to file.