If you are like most other Americans, the beginning of the year often means a new start or a chance to start fresh. With the first of the year it also becomes time to prepare for tax season. As breaches have occurred at an increasing rate over the last few years there could never be a better time to protect your personal information.
If you, like most American’s, filed you taxes last year you are at risk. Thieves are becoming more creative than ever in order to get your information and money. Take the steps now to help protect yourself against fraud.
Last year the IRS admitted to a large breach into the taxpayer records. This breach, was not a hacking breach like many are. The thieves would log into the IRS site using valid names, addresses, social security numbers and more. The IRS believes that the thieves will use this stolen information to file for fake tax returns.
Now you may be asking how you can protect yourself from fraud and identity theft. There are several things that you can do to help prevent yourself from falling victim.
Take the time to protect yourself. Once you have had your personal information stolen it is too late and can be extremely difficult to get everything straightened out.