Tax fraud prevention tips

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(Matt Martin/Information Assurance)

Beware! It’s that time of the year again! As you read this, criminals, fraudsters, and identity thieves are working to file fraudulent tax returns in your name and steal your tax refund. Information Assurance (IA) offers the following tips to help you protect yourself from identity theft and tax fraud:

  • File your taxes as soon as possible to reduce the likelihood of criminals filing under your name.
  • Beware of phishing emails and phone scams. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages, or social media channels, nor do they call to demand immediate payment. And they never demand payment via gift card.
  • Be suspicious of ads for tax filing services that promise you large or expedited tax refunds. These are often scams to steal your personal information.

Check out Beware of Tax Fraud—where there is more detail and links to helpful information from the IRS—and share the info with your colleagues, family, and friends.