\r\n<h1>West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey reminds consumers to take their time filling out tax information in order to avoid any missteps as the Apr. 18 filing deadline quickly approaches.<\/h1>\r\n\u201cMany people don\u2019t file taxes until the end of the season,\u201d Morrisey said. \u201cIt\u2019s always better to take your time than rush and make a mistake when dealing with such sensitive information.\u201d\r\n\r\nMistakes made this week can turn into potential headaches down the road.\r\n\r\nThe Attorney General advises consumers to follow some simple steps to avoid any last-minute mistakes:\r\n<ul>\r\n \t<li>File electronically. It\u2019s time efficient, safer and ensures a faster tax refund.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>Double check information.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>If mailing a tax return, double check the federal and state mailing addresses at IRS.gov and tax.wv.gov.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>Make sure to validate the legitimacy of any tax preparer or tax filing service.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>Shred any discarded documents that contain personal information. Doing so makes it harder for thieves to steal information.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>Be aware of scammers who claim to be IRS representatives as they request personal information. Scammers often make these requests with threat of arrest or lawsuit, but consumers should not comply.<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\nQuestions can be directed to the Attorney General\u2019s Consumer Protection Division at 800-368-8808 or 304-267-0239 in Martinsburg. To file a report online, go to www.wvago.gov.