Ohioans concerned about tax filing data breaches

Most taxpayers got a tax cut last year, but when they file their returns they may find themselves with less of a refund check — or even owing the government money. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

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Most taxpayers got a tax cut last year, but when they file their returns they may find themselves with less of a refund check — or even owing the government money. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Many Ohioans are planning to file their taxes online this year and they are also worried their personal data could be breached when doing so, according to a new survey from PCMag.

Thirty-seven percent of Ohioans surveyed said they will use online tax software and 37% also said they worry it could allow scammers to snag their Social Security numbers, birth date address, and more.

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"Tax season in 2019 could be a real perfect storm for scammers, and filers will have to pay particular attention this year," said Max Eddy, PCMag security analyst, in a news release.

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News Center 7 consumer reporter Rachel Murray will find out more about the risks and how you can protect yourself when filing your taxes online. Watch tonight on WHIO-TV at 5 p.m.

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