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:

  1. 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.
  2. Check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure that your tax preparer is credible.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Use a cross-shredder to dispose of any documents that you no longer need.
By staying vigilant about protecting your information you shouldn’t have any problems with your identity this tax season.  If you believe that your identity has been compromised, call an InfoArmor Privacy Advocate at 800.789.2720.


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