Tips To Keep You Safe From Tax Identity Theft
It’s tax time! Have you ever considered that you could be at risk for tax identity theft? Tax identity theft transpires when a thief files a fraudulent tax return using your Social Security number and collects your refund. It also occurs when someone uses your Social Security number to earn wages and sticks you with the tax bill. Often, people do not realize they are the victim of tax identity theft until after the crime, when they try to file their taxes. Follow these tips to help you be one step ahead of this hidden crime:
- Watch out for suspicious emails and phone calls
The IRS will never contact you by email or social media to request personal information.
- File early
The earlier you file, the less chance you have of being a victim.
- Upgrade and protect yourself
Your antivirus software should always be up-to-date and make sure your firewall is turned on.
- Be protective of your Social Security number
Ask if it is absolutely necessary before you give your number.
- Protect your tax return with a strong password
Use a series of numbers, letters, and special characters.
If you suspect Tax Identity Theft, please contact us at 678-486-1111 or ContactUs@CUofGA.org for assistance. We will put you in touch with an Identity Theft Recovery Advocate who will work with you one-on-one to analyze your unique situation and remediate any identity fraud.