Identity thieves could use your Social Security number to steal your tax refund or get a job.
This week marks Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, so use the resources from the Federal Trade Commission to learn how to protect yourself.
There will be
events throughout the week — including a webinar on Jan. 15 and a Twitter chat on Jan. 16 — to help you learn more.
From the IRS:
Choosing a Tax Preparer
Find out how to pick a reputable tax preparer.
Here’s a tip from the IRS.
Hi I’m Dee and I work for the Internal Revenue Service.
Are you thinking about hiring a tax preparer?
If you are, you need to know that you are legally responsible for what’s on your tax return even if someone else prepares it for you.
So choose your tax preparer carefully. Ask for references. And find a professional who’s available after you file your tax return, just in case.
Beware of tax preparers who guarantee a refund without ever seeing your financial information first.
Remember never sign a blank return, and before you do sign your finish tax return, look it over and ask about anything that’s unclear.
Paid preparers are required to sign your return and show a preparer ID number. So don’t use a preparer who doesn’t sign your return.
For more information visit IRS.gov keyword “choosing a tax preparer.”
These three tips from the IRS can help you save money on your taxes.
Image description: The IRS is warning of a phone scam targeting tax payers.
Scammers are calling tax payers and telling them they owe the IRS money and need to pay it immediately through a pre-loaded credit card or wire transfer.
If you don’t pay, the scammers claim you could be arrested, deported or have your driver’s or business license suspended.
Remember, the IRS will never initiate contact with you over the phone, email or social media to request personal information.
Visit IRS.gov to learn more about the scam and how to report it.