Tax season is here and we would like to share some information with you to help keep your identity safe this year.
Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your social security number and files a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. Below are some tips the IRS recommends to keep your identity safe.
Many scammers will send e-mails or reach out to you on social media claiming to be with the IRS. The IRS does not reach out to taxpayers via email or on social media.
You may also receive a call from a scammer claiming that you will be punished if you do not immediately pay, do not fall for these calls. Another phone call may be from someone pretending to be with the IRS asking for financial information to send you your refund, be sure to report these calls to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
Websites that do not begin with “www.irs.gov” but claim to be associated with the IRS are not real.
Protect Your Social Security Number
Any document that has your social security number on it needs to be kept in a secure, safe spot. You should always avoid carrying your social security number with you unless necessary.
If you would like to read what else the IRS recommends in order to protect your identity, click here.