Tax return thieves use someone else’s Social Security number to file for a tax return for themselves, often even resulting in the victim’s wages being garnished for taxes the thief owes. It can be a lengthy process to convince the IRS that your have been a victim of identity theft and the money they believe you owe is not your responsibility.
This tax season, be sure to follow these tips:
- If you receive a phone call or email from the IRS it is a scam. Don’t give them any information; hang up on the caller or forward the email to [email protected] for investigation.
- Check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure that your tax preparer is credible.
- Make sure your computer’s anti-virus software is up to date so hackers cannot access information on your computer. Password-protect sensitive documents that you store on your computer to prevent misuse.
- Check your mail frequently because an unlocked mailbox is an open invitation to thieves. Be sure to take mail directly to the post office when mailing anything with sensitive information.
- Use a cross-shredder to dispose of any documents that you no longer need.