Tip of the Week - January 31, 2017 – Protect Yourself from Tax Identity Theft

Income tax season is upon us and while some of us dread wading through the paperwork, filling out forms, and filing – scam artists are panting at the chance to steal your hard-earned money.

January 30-Feb 2, 2017 is“Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week”.  It’s a good time to review the best ways to protect yourself from identity theft.  

The Federal Trade Commission advises:

  • File your tax return as early as possible.
  • Use a secure internet connection if you file electronically.
  • If you mail your tax return, mail it directly from the post office. 
  • Remember, the IRS will never contact you by electronic mail, text message or social media.  The IRS will contact you through the U.S. Postal Service.

Be sure to check your credit report to make sure there are no unauthorized accounts.  You can check your credit report for free at annualcreditreport.com.

“Tax identity thieves will file a fraudulent tax return using your Social Security number, so do your best to safeguard that,” said CSLEA Foundation Chairperson Kenny Ehrman.  “They’ll also use your social security number to earn wages and stick you with the tax bill.   Be very vigilant, we work hard for what’s ours!”