3 The tax filing deadline for 2014 is less than 3 months away. That might seem like plenty of time - but experts are urging you to file your taxes NOW. One reason - to avoid tax fraud and scams. Channel 4's Elizabeth Campbell talked to a certified public accountant and joins us LIVE with more on how to safely file your taxes and avoid those headaches. Elizabeth? 3 38-43 SOT - 5119 in terms of filing do file early and keep that tax return in a protected placeTRACK - The earlier you file -- the better. Certified Public Accountant Mark Patrick says that lowers the chances of a criminal stealing your information and filing a tax return before you do.Patrick, along with Attorney General Pam Bondi are among many experts reminding people of how to stay safe when filing your taxes.PRE PRO - If having your taxes done for you -- make sure to check the credentials of the tax preparer. Do not provide your social security number unless it's required and Never respond to an e-mail asking for information related to tax refunds.SOT - 5132 some people actually get emailed from an ID that looks like the IRS the IRS will never send an email about your tax info they will always call or send it in writingTRACK - Patrick says whether filing your taxes on your own online -- or having a professional do do it --- always get expert advice.SOT - 5300 anybody that has any question any doubt about what they need to do they need to get advice and you will have trouble doing that with a webstie you do need to talk to a professional and at least get advice whether they prepare it or not 3 Elizabeth ... if someone does become a victim to tax fraud or falls for a scam -- what should they do?