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How Identity Theft Can Affect Your Taxes

How Identity Theft Can Affect Your Taxes? Tax-related identity theft normally occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. Many people first find out about it when they do their taxes. The IRS is working hard to stop identity theft

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IRS Warns of Latest Scam Variation Involving Bogus “Federal Student Tax”

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued a warning to taxpayers about bogus phone calls from IRS impersonators demanding payment for a non-existent tax, the “Federal Student Tax.” Even though the tax deadline has come and gone, scammers continue to use varied strategies to trick people, in this case

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More Affected by IRS Data Breach Than First Thought

By: Chris Gaetano Published Date: Mar 1, 2016   The IRS data breach last year, in which hackers used a system loophole to steal personal taxpayer information, is worse than initially believed, according to CBS News. A nine-month investigation has found that as many as 724,000 taxpayers had information like names, addresses

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Consumer Alert: Scammers Change Tactics, Once Again

IRS YouTube Video Tax Scams: English | Spanish | ASL Security Summit Identity Theft Tips Overview: English Be Cautious When Using Wi-Fi: English Update Your Password Regularly: English WASHINGTON — Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, but now the IRS

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IRS’s Top 10 Identity Theft Prosecutions: Criminal Investigation Continues Efforts to Halt Refund Fraud

IR-2016-45, March 21, 2016 WASHINGTON — As part of the continued crackdown on refund fraud and identity theft, the Internal Revenue Service today released the Top 10 Identity Theft Prosecutions for Fiscal Year 2015. These prosecutions are part of the wide-ranging strategy to combat refund fraud and assist taxpayers through

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IRS Alerts Payroll and HR Professionals to Phishing Scheme Involving W-2s

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today issued an alert to payroll and human resources professionals to beware of an emerging phishing email scheme that purports to be from company executives and requests personal information on employees. The IRS has learned this scheme – part of the surge in phishing

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IRS suffers another data breach

By Sally P. Schreiber, J.D.  February 10, 2016 The IRS revealed on Tuesday that it discovered and stopped an automated cyberattack on its e-filing personal identification number (PIN) system last month. According to the IRS, the cybercriminals used information stolen “elsewhere outside the IRS” to generate e-file PINs for stolen Social Security

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IRS, States and Tax Industry Deploy New Safeguards for 2016

IRS Safeguards for Identity Theft new this year. Because of improved protections in recent years, the Internal Revenue Service stops the vast majority of fraudulent tax returns using stolen identities. But identity thieves and criminal syndicates continue to persist and evolve.   As the threat has changed, so has the

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Special Video Series to Help Taxpayers Stay Safe Online and Protect from Identity Theft

IRS YouTube Video: Security Summit Identity Theft Tips Overview – English Taxes.Security.Together. – English   WASHINGTON –In coordination with the state revenue departments and the tax industry, the Internal Revenue Service today released the first in a series of YouTube video tax tips designed to provide people critical information to help protect

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Keep Tax Records Secure Protect From Identity Theft

IRS Security Awareness Tip Number 8 1. Tips to Keep Tax Records Secure Protect from Identity Theft If you’re still keeping old tax returns and receipts stuffed in a shoe box stuck in the back of the closet, you might want to rethink that approach. The IRS has teamed up

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Protect your personal information when online

The IRS, the states and the tax industry urge you to be safe online and remind you to take important steps to help protect your tax and financial information and guard against identity theft. Treat your personal information like cash – don’t hand it out to just anyone. Your Social

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Use Fraud Alerts to Protect Your Credit Accounts

If you believe you are a victim of identity theft, you should contact one of the three major credit bureaus to place a “fraud alert” on your credit account. This critically important step makes it harder for identity thieves to open additional financial accounts, such as a bank account, in

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Talk to Your Family about Security Online and at Home

For families with children and aging parents, it’s important to make sure everyone guards their personal information online and at home. It may be time for “the conversation.” The IRS, state revenue departments and the tax industry have teamed up to combat identity theft in the tax arena. Our theme: Taxes.

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What You Need to Know to Protect Your Passwords

It’s time to have a word about your password. Many of us use the same sign-on and password over and over for our online accounts. That’s why phishing scams, which often seek password information, are so successful. Once a criminal has your password for one account, it’s highly likely you’ve

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7 Steps for Making Identity Protection Part of Your Routine

The theft of your identity, especially personal information such as your name, Social Security number, address and children’s names, can be traumatic and frustrating. In this online era, it’s important to always be on guard. The IRS has teamed up with state revenue departments and the tax industry to make

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Don’t Take The Bait; Avoid Phishing & Malware to Protect Personal Data

“Update your account now.” “You just won a cruise!” “The IRS has a refund waiting for you.” In the cyber world of phishing, the sentences are “bait” – lures from emails, telephone calls and texts all designed to separate you from your cash, your passwords, your social security number or

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7 Tips to Protect Your Computer Online

The Internal Revenue Service, the states and the tax industry urge you to be safe online and remind you to take important steps to help protect yourself against identity theft. Taxes. Security. Together. Working in partnership with you, we can make a difference. Scammers, hackers and identity thieves are looking

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Identity Theft Tax Tips Available; Special Series to Help Taxpayers Available Through January

IRS YouTube Video: Taxes.Security.Together. – English WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service, state revenue departments and the tax industry today released the first in a series of special tax tips designed to provide people critical information to help protect their tax and financial data. The first of the Security Awareness

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Tax Industry Continues Progress to Protect Taxpayers from Identity Theft

WASHINGTON —The Internal Revenue Service, state tax administrators and leaders of the tax industry announced today continued progress to expand and strengthen protections against identity theft refund fraud for the 2016 tax season. The public-private sector partnership announced success in identifying and testing more than 20 new data elements on

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10 Things to Know About Identity Theft & Taxes

Learning you are a victim of identity theft can be a stressful event. Identity theft is also a challenge to businesses, organizations and government agencies, including the IRS. Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. Many

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New Steps Being Taken to Fight Identity Theft & Protect Taxpayers

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service joined today with representatives of tax preparation and software firms, payroll and tax financial product processors and state tax administrators to announce a sweeping new collaborative effort to combat identity theft refund fraud and protect the nation’s taxpayers. The agreement — reached after the

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IRS Announces Top 10 Identity Theft Prosecutions for Fiscal Year 2014

IRS YouTube Videos ID Theft: IRS Efforts on Identity Theft: English | Spanish | ASL IRS Identity Theft FAQ: First Steps for Victims:  English | ASL WASHINGTON — Continuing its enforcement push against refund fraud and identity theft, the Internal Revenue Service today announced the Top Ten Identity Theft Prosecutions for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14).  The ongoing efforts

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Identity Theft a Major Concern on the IRS Annual ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Tax Scams to Avoid

IRS YouTube Videos ID Theft: IRS Efforts on Identity Theft: English | Spanish |ASL IRS Identity Theft FAQ: First Steps for Victims: English |ASL  IR-2015-07, Jan. 26, 2015 WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued a filing season alert warning taxpayers to watch out for identity theft at tax time, one of the year’s “Dirty Dozen”

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