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IRS lays out steps to protect against identity theft

It’s no secret identity theft is a major problem. And if you fall victim, a major headache. It would be great if identity thieves steal your tax information to pay your tax bill, but no. They’re stealing your refunds. Here are some steps to protect against identity theft the IRS suggests to keep your identity and your tax refund from ending up in someone else’s pocket.

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  • Use security software like firewalls and anti-virus protections.
  • Use difficult to hack passwords and a password manager. Industry standard now is a phrase unique to you that’s easy to remember but difficult to guess.
  • Look out for phishing emails, calls or texts from. The message may look like it’s coming from a legitimate bank, credit card companies or the IRS but a closer look at the address will reveal the scam.
  • Don’t click or download any links in an unsolicited email or message no matter who sends it. Always go directly to the website, never through a message.
  • Don’t carry your social security card. Protect your personal information and any dependent’s information.
  • Sign up for a six digit IRS Identity Protection PIN that only you know.

We know you’ve heard this all before, but thieves get better and better at their jobs every day so you have to stay one step ahead of them. Use these steps to protect against identity theft. If you have any questions about document security or filing securely with the IRS, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Henry+Horne advisor.

Beth Hawley

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