Tax season has officially begun, and scammers may be looking to steal your identity and your refund. The Federal Trade Commission declared last week “Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week”. This awareness week provides a great opportunity to learn more about what a tax scam looks like and how scammers can use your private information for profit.
It’s important to know how identity theft happens. In tax identity theft, someone typically uses your social security number to get a job or a tax refund. In 2017 the IRS reported over 56,000 IRS imposters and over 400 tax related scams in Texas alone in 2018. More than 50 tax scams have already been reported to BBB across the United States in 2019 so far. But how do you know if you have been a target of this scam? You may go online to file your tax return and discover a return has already been filed using your social security number or you may receive a letter from the IRS stating that more than one return was filed under your name.
So how can you keep yourself safe? BBB recommends these tips:
For more information on tax identity theft, visit bbb.org.
Kelly Trevino is the regional director for the Corpus Christi/Victoria area of Better Business Bureau serving the Heart of Texas. Kelly is available for media interviews and speaking engagements. You can reach her by phone: (361) 945-7352 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org