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National Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week

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As part of National Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network and AARP Foundation Tax-Aide are joining forces with federal agencies to highlight the dangers of tax identity theft and recovery steps for victims. To register for the free webinar on February 2 at 12 pm MST, click here.

How it Works:

Tax identity theft occurs when someone steals your personal information for a fraudulent refund or to earn wages. It can involve:

*   Filing a tax return using another person’s Social Security number.
*   Claiming someone else’s children as dependents.
*   Claiming a tax refund using a deceased taxpayer’s information.

What Are The Signs:
*   Your Social Security number is lost, stolen or compromised.
*   Your tax refund is delayed.
*   You receive a notice from the IRS stating it has received a duplicate tax return filing, you have unreported income, or you and somebody else are claiming the same dependents.

What You Should Do:
To avoid becoming a victim of tax identity theft:

*   Submit your tax return as early in the tax season as possible.
*   Be careful what you share – don’t give out your personal information unless you know who is asking and why, and don’t be shy about refusing!
*   Dispose of sensitive information safely – shred it with a micro-cut shredder.
*   Know your tax preparer.

Check the status of your refund after filing at If you think someone filed a fraudulent refund with your information, call the IRS Identity Theft line at 800-908-4490. To learn more, visit

P.S. Spotted a scam?  Tell us about it.  Our scam-tracking map gives you information about the latest scams targeting people in your state.  You’ll also find first-hand accounts from scam-spotters who are sharing their experiences so you know how to protect yourself and your family.

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