Though the IRS is working hard to eliminate tax fraud, there is only so much they can do. However, you will want to protect yourself from tax fraud, also. Here are some steps that can help protect your taxes.

  1. Tax thieves always love to email, call, text, and otherwise request information from tax payers. They sound legit, but are not. The IRS will NEVER call, email, text, or otherwise solicit information from you. If you have had this happen, we have information that can help. Call us or drop by.
  2. It takes time for fraudsters to gather the necessary information to file a tax return. Want to make sure they can’t file yours? File early. This is especially true if you are expecting to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit, American Opportunity Credit, or Addition Child Tax Credit. Even though the IRS is not processing the refunds on these tax returns until Feb 27 this year, it is very important that you have already filed. To find out more please contact us.
  3. Tax fraud is not always online. Sometimes it is found at your friendly tax office. As tax preparers we are responsible for due diligence. As tax filers, so are you. Before having your taxes done by anyone, make sure they are fully accountable to the IRS and state agencies. To learn more about what to look for in a reliable tax company, please contact us.
  4. A bad habit that a lot of people have is carrying their Social Security Card (or documents with the numbers on them) with them. Should those documents be stolen, it is easy for a thief to use it for tax fraud. Never keep these documents with you. Keep them secret, keep them safe. For ideas on how to keep your documents safe, please drop us a line.
  5. Your computer is your most vital, yet most vulnerable asset. It is important that your passwords are kept safe, but who can remember all those different passwords with all their complexity? There are excellent password vaults available. If you want to know more, please let us contact us.

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