Link to IRS publication regarding Identify Theft
Todd's Tips on Preventing Identity Theft
*Stop carrying a checkbook.
*Use credit card or cash.
*Do not use debit cards for routine purchases.
*Close unused accounts. (Credit or Line of Credit)
*Shred or burn old personal papers.
*Shred or burn all junk mail (don't throw in trash).
*Stop Carrying your social security card.
*Install a small safe in your home.
*Install a security system in your home.
*Install anti-virus software on your computers and mobile devices. I recommend Symantec's suite of products including Norton anti-virus software available online or at Walmart.
*Use a different password for each financial account. (Don't use the same password for all banks, credit cards, financial etc.)
*Use strong passwords. (Random strings of numbers and letters and symbols) Change them periodically.
*Log in to your bank account(s) weekly to monitor activity. Notify your bank of any unauthorized charges, even if the amounts are small.
*Consider maintaining a separate bank account that is NOT set up for online access. This account can contain emergency cash in case your primary account gets hacked.
*Freeze Your credit (Easy to do and only costs a few bucks to do it)
(MN Freeze Law)
New - The IRS may send you a letter requesting that you go to an official IRS website and verify your identity. Receipt of one of these letters indicates that the IRS has received a tax return filed in your social security number and the IRS has reason to believe that the filed return may be fraudulent. Call us to verify that the letter you have received is legitimate. We can assist you in going to the website and completing the verification process. The good news is that this program points to a proactive IRS that is catching identity thieves in the act and not issuing erroneous refunds.
The IRS has special phone numbers and staff dedicated to assisting identify theft victims:
What do I do if I have not been contacted by IRS for a tax issue but believe I am a victim of identity theft?
If your tax records are not currently affected by identity theft, but you believe your IRS records may be at risk due to a lost/stolen purse or wallet, questionable credit card activity, credit report, or other activity, you need to provide the IRS with proof of your identity.
You should submit a copy, not the original documents, of your valid Federal or State issued identification, such as a social security card, driver's license, or passport, etc, along with a copy of a police report and/or a completed IRS Identity Theft Affidavit - Form 14039. Please send these documents using one of the following options:
Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 9039
Andover, MA 01810-0939
FAX: Note that this is not a toll-free FAX number
You may also contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit, toll-free 1-800-908-4490 for resource information and guidance.
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. your local time (Alaska & Hawaii follow Pacific Time).
I will provide assistance to any affected client at no additional charge including copying and faxing the necessary forms.
Because of the potential for a long delay in issuing a refund when identity theft is involved, change your withholding so that you will have a small balance due on your return if possible. Please contact me for assistance
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ID Theft is the fastest growing crime in America.