Block on Trump's Asylum Ban Upheld by Supreme Court
Tax identity theft is when scam artists use stolen Social Security and Tax Identification numbers to file false refund claims.
It's pretty scary, if you think about it. Nobody wants to land in hot water with Uncle Sam. But if you're not careful, you might find yourself in an inconvenient back-and-forth game with the IRS, based on a mistake so tiny that it could easily have been prevented.
While many cases involving tax ID thieves couldn't have been prevented (how would you know that the hospital's financial services representative is selling information to scammers, as suggested in a recent Forbes article?), there are some ways to protect against tax ID theft.
Steps you can take to protect yourself include:
The IRS has a hotline for identity protection. Feel free to call them at (800) 908-4490. You can also report tax identity theft at the IRS Identity Theft Protection Page.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.