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Not thinking about your 2016 tax return yet? Identity thieves are.

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Here’s a thought to warm the Grinch’s heart: while you’re focused on the holiday season, identity thieves are thinking about how to steal your information. One of the ways they try to do that is by filing a fake tax return using your information — like your Social Security number — to get a tax refund. You may only find out about it when you get a letter from the IRS. Or when you file your return, only to hear from the IRS that someone else already did. That’s tax identity theft, a problem we hear more about each year. Tax identity theft also happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a job or claims your child as a dependent on a tax return.

How can you protect yourself from tax identity theft? File your tax return as early in tax season as you can. Use a secure internet connection if you file electronically. If you mail your return, send it directly from the post office.

To help you learn more about tax identity theft, the FTC will host Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, January 25-29, 2016. We’ll have tips, webinars you can join, Twitter chats, and more.  If you’d like to host your own event during Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, there are resources you can use at

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As far as I know everybody you do business with wants your social security number. How are you to protect it when every one wants it. I have tried refusing and they say then we can't help you unless you give us your number. So how do we handle this?

If someone asks you to share your SSN, ask:

  • why they need it
  • how it will be used
  • how they will protect it
  • what happens if you don’t share the number

The decision to share is yours. A business may not provide you with a service or benefit if you don’t provide your number. Sometimes you will have to share your number. Your employer and financial institutions need your SSN for wage and tax reporting purposes. A business may ask for your SSN so they can check your credit when you apply for a loan, rent an apartment, or sign up for utility service.

Lesson learned! We are working now to correct the issue and try to recover the refund that was stolen. Any tips for corrective action once identity has been compromised?

Yes, but what is the IRS doing to protect us against this. I heard that the IRS had sent thousands of dollars in refunds to one address. So what are you doing to protect us and our identity.

We have received 4 phone calls from two different numbers in Dolgeville and Clayton, New York stating that they have been trying to reach us regarding a problem with the IRS. It's a recording (robocall) warning us that there will be an IRS lawsuit brought against my parents. They are elderly and targeted because the elderly are considered vulnerable. I have reported this scam to the FTC. Very troubling.

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