Tax-Related Identity Theft

Scams based on the United States Internal Revenue Service requirements increase every year during tax season. It’s common to see online threats and tactics in which identity thieves and hackers try to convince taxpayers to reveal their personal and financial information.

Taxpayers can encounter identity theft involving their tax returns in several ways. One instance is where identity thieves try filing fraudulent refund claims using another person’s identifying information, which has been stolen. Innocent taxpayers are victimized because their refunds are delayed.

Be suspicious of emails that appear to be from the IRS. These might be phishing attempts to get your personal information. Remember, the IRS does not contact you using email. Instead you will receive a letter in the mail.

Look for warning signs if the IRS sends a letter stating that IRS records indicate you received wages from an employer you don’t know. Store W-2 forms in a safe location. Avoid work offices, common living areas, cars and unlocked mailboxes. Place records in a locked file cabinet or if records are online, use a secure password on your computer.

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