Avoid ID Theft/Fraud During Tax Season

Tax season is a favorite time of the year for hackers and identity thieves.  All of that personal and financial information flying around cyberspace  creates numerous opportunities for stealing personal information and identity theft. Also the fact that you have more personal information lying around can lend to theft that way as well.

Though the IRS has implemented some changes to mitigate the high number of accounts compromised during this season. This is still an issue to be aware of this time of year. Here are some tips on how to avoid id theft and fraud in tax season:

  • If you think you may be at risk because of a stolen credit card or activity on your credit, contact the IRS immediately.
  • Skip using public WiFi (libraries and fast food) to file your returns online.
  • Do not sign a blank return presented to you by your tax preparation company.
  • Do not leave W2’s or any key paperwork with personal information in the car, kitchen counter or anywhere that would be easily accessible to thieves.
  • You can also look at your Social Security earning statement each year. If the numbers are off, call the IRS.
  • Remember the IRS does not reach out by phone or email unless you initiate the contact. So beware of spam calls and emails posing for the IRS.

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