As tax season begins we all need to vigilant in watching out for fraudulent tax schemes and identity theft. If you see something that looks to good to be true, then look out. A quick consultation with an enrolled agent can help you avoid making a costly mistake. The IRS has a site with helpful information for tax payers to learn about common scams: IRS.gov/scams. Several recent identity theft problems have come from phishing attempts. Phishing attempts involves emails that try to get you to provide personal information or download malicious software. If you think am email is a tax-related phishing attempt forward the email to firstname.lastname@example.org.