How Identity Theft Victims Can Survive Tax Seasons

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Identity Theft

Each and every year, millions of Americans deal with the unfortunate event of having their identity stolen. According to the FBI, identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. We have all become increasingly vulnerable as a consequence of technology: in recent years, cases of online identity theft have tripled.

Losing your identity can be a stressful event at any time during the year; however, it can turn into a veritable nightmare during tax season. Here are just a few ways you and your family can survive tax season after your identity has been stolen:

Remain Vigilant

Before tax season even begins, remain vigilant. Keep monitoring your credit report and also make sure you report anything you receive in the mail which looks suspicious, especially if it could impact your taxes.

Report to the IRS

You should immediately report the theft to the IRS. The IRS can’t protect you from the things they don’t even know exist. The moment you realize your identity has been stolen, make sure you report it.

File On Paper

If you have been a victim of identity theft you may be required by the IRS to file a paper return. This will also allow you to file pertinent identity theft paperwork along with your tax return.

Beware of Scammers

Scammers are on the prowl especially during tax season. Make sure you know that the IRS will never contact you to tell you that you owe money. Anytime someone calls and pretends to be the IRS, make sure you report them because it’s a scam.

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