Identity theft still on the IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ list

The Internal Revenue Service recently released the ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of tax scams for 2018.

Even though reports of tax-related identity theft have declined, the Internal Revenue Service warns that this practice is still widespread and remains serious enough to earn a spot on the agency’s annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams.

Here are some quick tips from the IRS to avoid idenity theft:

  • Always use security software with firewall and anti-virus protections and use strong passwords.
  • Encrypt sensitive files such as tax records stored on a computer.
  • Learn to recognize and avoid phishing emails, threatening phone calls and texts. Do not click on links or download attachments from unknown or suspicious emails.
  • Protect personal data. Don’t routinely carry a Social Security card, and make sure tax records are secure. Treat personal information like cash; don’t leave it lying around.

For more IRS tips and to read the full article, click here.

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