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January 27, 2014
Tips to Protect Yourself Against Tax Refund Identity Fraud


Learn how to identify Tax Refund Identity Fraud and what you should do if you've been a victim.

Transcript

Tax refund identity fraud is when someone uses your private information to file a fraudulent income tax return and then pockets the resulting refund.

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Fortunately, the IRS has significantly beefed up its fraud-prevention efforts. For example, they'll issue personal identification numbers to victims to protect future returns.

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You may not realize you've been victimized until the IRS sends a notice that multiple returns were filed, you have a balance due or received wages from an employer you don't recognize.

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If you receive a notice, complete an Identity Theft Affidavit at irs.gov.

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Bottom line: File your tax return as early as possible to beat potential scammers to the punch.


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