THE IRS has issued an urgent warning that scammers will hijack your tax return using your Social Security number – here are ways to prevent it.
Tax-related fraud and identity theft have continued to grow throughout the years, as millions of people have become targets of identity theft.
Tax refund identity theft fraud often starts when your Social Security number and other information are used to file a fraudulent tax return.
Taxpayers often discover the fraud when they later attempt to file their own returns, which is why it’s essential to file your taxes as soon as possible.
Here are some helpful ways to prevent your SSN from being compromised:
- Complete IRS Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit, if you have been a victim of identity theft.
- Respond immediately to any IRS issued notice. Call the number provided on the IRS notice and verify you are talking to an IRS employee. If you don’t get a clear answer, call the IRS directly at 1-800-908-4490.
- Get An Identity Protection PIN: A six-digit number that prevents someone else from filing a tax return using your Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. The IP PIN is known only to you and the IRS. The fastest way to receive an IP PIN is by using the online Get an IP PIN tool.
- Don’t give out your SSN unless there’s a good reason and you’re sure who you’re…