New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued advice Tuesday to taxpayers on hiring tax preparers, saying it is needed to avoid “deceptive and fraudulent practices this tax season.”

In addition, Schneiderman’s office asked New York taxpayers to notify his office of any suspected fraudulent schemes designed to steal personal and financial information from consumers. The IRS and the Justice Department have been stepping up their efforts this year to curb the growing problem of identity theft-related tax fraud (see IRS Conducts Nationwide Sweep to Crack Down on Identity Theft and Tax Refund Fraud).

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