The beginning of tax season is only a few weeks away. The IRS has released the third in their series of tips to keep your tax information safe online – Seven Steps for Making Identity Protection Part of Your Routine.
Read the full article here – https://www.irs.gov/uac/Seven-Steps-for-Making-Identity-Protection-Part-of-Your-Routine
Seven Steps for Making Identity Protection Part of Your Routine
IRS Security Awareness Tax Tip Number 3, December 7, 2015
- Read your credit card and banking statements carefully and often – watch for even the smallest charge that appears suspicious. (Neither your credit card nor bank – or the IRS – will send you emails asking for sensitive personal and financial information such as asking you to update your account.)
- Review and respond to all notices and correspondence from the Internal Revenue Service. Warning signs of tax-related identity theft can include IRS notices about tax returns you did not file, income you did not receive or employers you’ve never heard of or where you’ve never worked.
- Review each of your three credit reports at least once a year. Visit annualcreditreport.com to get your free reports.
- Review your annual Social Security income statement for excessive income reported. You can sign up for an electronic account at www.SSA.gov.
- Read your health insurance statements; look for claims you never filed or care you never received.
- Shred any documents with personal and financial information. Never toss documents with your personally identifiable information, especially your social security number, in the trash.
- If you receive any routine federal deposit such as Social Security Administrator or Department of Veterans Affairs benefits, you probably receive those deposits electronically. You can use the same direct deposit process for your federal and state tax refund. IRS direct deposit is safe and secure and places your tax refund directly into the financial account of your choice.