Find out how to stop tax identity thieves and government imposters during Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, Feb. 3-7. The FTC and its partners will co-host free webinars and other events. They’ll all have information about avoiding tax identity theft, recognizing government imposters, and recovering from fraud. Some also will highlight special resources for active duty service members, older adults and small businesses. Find an event here.
Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your number or a credit union member’s Social Security number (SSN) to file a phony tax return and collect a refund. They may not find out about it until trying to file a tax return, and the IRS rejects it as a duplicate filing. While the IRS investigates, tax refunds can be delayed. The misuse of a SSN means the individual also may be at risk of other types of identity theft.
To get tips on how to protect yourself and your credit union members, and to find an event to join in the coming weeks, please visit the Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week page.