Laramie, WY – Some Wyoming families are losing refund checks to a variety of services and scams. A refund of close to five thousand dollars can be available through the federal Earned Income Tax Credit for low- to moderate-income working families. But a recent report says that Wyomingites eligible for the refund are being targeted by tax preparation companies and other companies who want to get their hands on the refund checks.
Ed Shelleby of the Children's Defense Fund says these families can get free tax filing through the IRS. His organization is pushing for a law to protect families from predatory services. He says scams and services cost low income families about four million dollars a year.