Identity theft in relation to taxes happens when someone steals your social security information. Then they file a fraudulent tax return claiming a refund. You might not be aware of this occurrence until you file your taxes and find that someone already has. It is important to guard yourself against identity theft by taking some precautions.
Preventing Identity Theft
- Secure Your Information: The first thing you must to protect yourself from identity theft is to use strong passwords. You should also use computer software that has a firewall and protects against viruses.
- Beware of Scams: It is important to educate yourself on phishing emails and phone calls. Thieves will use every means possible to sound credible and pose as workers from legitimate organizations. Know that the IRS never demands instant payment, and they don’t use threatening language on the phone. Also, don’t click on links from emails that look suspicious in any way. Know that the IRS never sends emails to initiate contact with taxpayers.
- Protect Your Personal Data: Never carry around your social security card and make sure your tax files are secure in your home.
If you Believe You Are a Victim…
- Continue to pay your taxes and file a return.
- Go to identitytheft.gov to file a complaint.
- Contact a credit bureau to place a fraud alert on your record.
- Get in touch with your bank to close any accounts opened without your knowledge.
- Complete IRS Form 14039 if your return gets rejected.
Civic Tax Relief Can Help
If you believe you are a victim of identity theft, Civic Tax Relief can help. We offer an identity theft protection plan, which helps safeguard your identity. We can also provide insurance for up to $1,000,000 for identity theft protection. We have made the commitment to help ensure protection for every customer.