The holidays are over, decorations have been put away, and the rush has slowed down. It’s time to take a much needed break, right? Well, not quite. Ready for tax season? If you haven’t heard about tax identity theft then you may not be. This edition of iSecurity is credited to OnGuard Online, the federal government’s website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online (www.onguardonline.gov). The following articles were provided by OnGuard Online to help spread the word about tax identity theft.
Tax identity theft happens when someone files a phony tax return using your personal information to get a tax refund from the IRS.
So it’s that time of year — tax time. It’s also a great time to get up to speed on tax-related scams. Let’s take a look at two ways tax scammers might target you.
Tax season may just be getting started, but tax scammers have been hard at work. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has gotten thousands of complaints about one kind of scammer in particular — IRS imposters.
To further protect yourself from tax identity theft, follow these five tips to help you lessen the chance you’ll be a victim, and learn what to do if you are.
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