Protect Yourself from Tax Time Scams

Fraud targeting taxpayers is an ongoing nationwide problem. Tax ID theft occurs when personal information is stolen and used to file a fraudulent tax return.  When attempting to file a tax return, victims are notified that the return has already been filed. 

Follow these tips to help protect your tax return and refund from identity thieves:

  • File early so that scammers have less time to access your information.
  • If filing electronically, update your computer with antivirus protection and run anti-spyware software regularly.
  • Do not leave tax returns on your computer.  Once the return is filed, transfer the information to a flash drive or CD.
  • Never click on links or attachments in emails from strangers.
  • Never provide your social security number or other personal information to anyone you do not know.
     

If you suspect tax related identity theft, call the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-908-4490.

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