It is approaching that time of year again, the 2017 tax deadline is only a few months away and with that in mind here are a few things to know to help prevent you from falling victim to tax fraud.
According to the IRS
, tax-related identity theft has become even more common in recent years with the amount of identity theft and mail theft on the rise. The IRS has joined forces with the tax industry and each state to help implement new safeguards to help minimize theft. Here are a few things to keep in mind at all times to help protect yourself from fraud:
• Avoid carrying your Social Security card or any document that contains the number
Protect your computer by having anti-virus and anti-spam software active and up to date
Report suspicious activity, if you feel suspicious activity has occurred using your personal information to comment tax fraud, report the activity to the IRS and the credit bureaus.
A few examples of types of suspicious activity you could see are listed below:
Your Social Security Number has been used to file multiple tax returns
- You have been required to pay in for taxes for a year in which you had not filed taxes
- Records on file for the IRS include income from an employer whom you have never been employed.
The CU Community Credit Union team wants to keep you up to date on the latest fraud scams and how to detect fraudulent activity. If you have questions, please give us a call at 417.865.3912 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.