The IRS faces the tough task of blocking
the thousands of fraudulent tax returns it receives during the tax season. Many
times, the IRS is unable to detect a fraudulent tax return, which results in
the tax scammers getting the refund money. Taxpayers, therefore, must ensure
that their tax information is safe. The IRS has issued tips to taxpayers to
help them counter identity theft and scams.
must not carry your Social Security card or any documents that include your
Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number
not give a business your SSN or ITIN just because they ask. Give it only when
required, and when you are sure that the business will not share it.
your financial information protected.
your credit report every 12 months.
the personal information in your home. Tax scammers are known to look for
personal information in the trash.
your personal computers by using firewalls and anti-spam/virus software,
updating security patches and changing passwords for Internet accounts.
share your personal information over the phone, through the mail or on the
Internet unless you have initiated the contact and are sure of the authenticity
of the recipient.
a tax preparer carefully. There are a few unscrupulous preparers that you need
to be careful of.
Tax returns must be filed as early in the
season as possible. That way, if a fraudulent tax return is filed using your
stolen identity, it will be rejected by the IRS. These precautions can can save
taxpayers from becoming a victim of tax scammers.
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