The Digital Age has made filing taxes a whole lot easier. But with that convenience comes risk, thanks to scammers out to steal your identity or tax refund. With tax season right around the corner, it’s a good idea to make sure your taxpayer identity is protected.
Tax-related identity theft is one of the fastest growing forms of the crime, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. Many victims only discover a crime has been committed when they file their own return. Then they learn their refund has been stolen or that a return already has been filed under their Social Security number.
Here are a few easy ways to keep yourself safe:
Finally, remember that it’s vital you contact the IRS if you feel there are any errors, areas of concern, or if you’ve previously been a victim of identity theft. The IRS now has entire fraud detection and prevention departments, and can get you on the right track towards receiving a refund that is legitimately due to you. Don’t wait until the last minute, especially if your identity has been compromised.
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