Tax season is upon us again, and many federal agencies are making recommendations and providing tips to help taxpayers learn how to protect themselves from tax-related identity theft and IRS imposter scams.What is tax-related identity theft?
According to the IRS, tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security Number (SSN) to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. You may be unaware this has happened until you e-file your return and discover a return has already been filed using your SSN or you get a letter from the IRS saying it has identified a suspicious return using your SSN.
Taking steps to protect your identity can go a long ways in preventing tax-related identity theft. Remember you can be a victim of identity theft even if you never use a computer. Scammers obtain personal information by stealing wallets, overhearing phone conversations or rummaging through trash.
Cindy is a Senior Vice President /Information Technology and Operations Director for Heartland Bank. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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