You Are In The Amazing Race To Not Have Your Identity Stolen And You Didn’t Even Know It
Guys, we’re in trouble.
Identity thieves are now getting quite good at filling out fake W-2 forms and then collecting your tax refund before you do.
“In 2010, about 15 percent of all identity theft complaints to the FTC dealt with tax returns. In 2013, that jumped to 43 percent.” – USA Today
But don’t worry, according to the IRS, one way to prevent this is to pretend like you’re in the Amazing Race and file your taxes early so you can beat the thieves to it:
“It really can be a race to the IRS.” – Steve Toporoff, coordinator of the Identity Protection Program at the FTC.
Like other problems, the IRS is in fact taking serious steps to deal with this growing problem. USA Today reported that “identity theft is a top priority for the IRS. On its website, the agency says it’s taking “new steps and strong actions to protect taxpayers and help victims of identity theft and refund fraud.”
Is that before or after the government takes strong action on political profiling and mailing out social security checks to dead people? lmk.
Links to freeze/lock your credit reports, here’s why you need to do it.