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Urgent warning that using your iPhone or Android to file your taxes could pose a huge security risk

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AMERICANS are being warned that using their iPhones or Android devices to file their taxes could pose a huge security risk.

Millions of taxpayers will be able to file their returns starting today, January 24.

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Americans are being warned that using their iPhones to file tax returns could pose a security risk (stock image)Credit: AP

The IRS says more than 160 million individual returns for the 2021 tax year are expected to be submitted.

Filing taxes via your smartphone can be convenient when you’re on the go and not everyone has access to a PC.

Most tax apps allow Americans to scan their W-2 tax form or other documents and import personal information such as your social security number and address, but your personal data could end up in the wrong hands. if your device is stolen.

Information may already be stored on taxpayers’ devices if they have used tax apps before.

Sometimes it can also be more difficult to upload files to the tax app through your phone.

Americans may also struggle to file on mobile, especially if there is a file size limit for downloads.

But Americans can file their taxes from their iPhones if they want and can have a video call with a tax professional if they’re having trouble filling out their form.

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A few days before the start of tax season, the IRS released a series of tips to help Americans.

Officials recommended that Americans file their documents electronically and choose the direct deposit option in order to get an accurate tax return.

Americans are encouraged to use e-file software which helps taxpayers avoid making mistakes.

A question and answer format helps taxpayers through every step of their tax return as it is completed.

Before filing taxes, Americans should also make sure their stimulus payment and child advance tax credit data is accurate.

Keep letters handy

Taxpayers should keep handy documents such as the 6419 letter that was sent to parents who received advance child tax credits.

From this letter, taxpayers will be able to determine the amount they can claim on their return.

It shows the number of child tax credits they claimed in 2021 and the number of children filed used to determine that figure.

And this month, the IRS began sending letters to Americans who received a third stimulus payment in late January 2021.

The document, known as a 6475 letter, can also help taxpayers determine if they are eligible for the salvage rebate credit.

The IRS says both letters contain important information that helps taxpayers file accurate returns.

If incomplete, the return may require further investigation.

Americans should also use online resources before calling the IRS.

The online tools are available around the clock and there is no waiting time for an appointment.

The IRS says phone demand on the lines remains high and callers could be delayed when calling.

Americans can visit IRS.gov. where they can check reimbursement statuses or get answers to tax-related questions.

There are also free resources to help Americans file their taxes.

Some providers make their tax filing products free as part of a 20-year partnership with the IRS.

The Free File software is available to any individual or family who earned $73,000 or less in 2021.

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