PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – Tax season is here and that means you have until April 15 to see if you you’ll get any money back from the government.

[WATCH: What's new for this tax season in Arizona]

Brian Watson works for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and he tells 3 On Your Side that 155 million Americans will file their tax returns nationwide-- with at least 3 million of those right here in Arizona. With that many people, mistakes are bound to happen-- like filing before you have all your documents together. "We encourage people to file an accurate return, so don't file too early," Watson said.

Don’t forget, you can file an extension but if you need to pay the government then the April 15 deadline doesn’t change.

Something new this year is that Arizonans can add a pin number to their account to keep their tax returns safe. "We have a pilot program-- 20 states where people can opt in to add a pin to their tax number,” Watson said. “It's a voluntary thing. Arizona happens to be one of those 20 states."

The pin program has been around for tax scam victims for several years, but now this new feature will help everyone in the state.

Something else new this tax season is the 1040-SR. This return is specifically aimed for anyone over the age of 65. The new form has larger print and information that makes it easier for those filers to understand.


Gary Harper's 3 On Your Side reports air weeknights on 3TV News at 9.


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