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Taxes and ID Theft-Critical Steps

Submitted by Sheri Iannetta Cupo on Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:00pm

Your letter from the Internal Revenue Service says a bogus tax return was already filed in your name. Or your electronically filed return bounces back because fake returns are already on file with your Social Security number (SSN). Surprise: You may be the victim of identity theft. What can you do?

Avoiding Tax Scams

Submitted by Sheri Iannetta Cupo on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 12:00pm

While the Internal Revenue Service may not be your favorite federal agency, criminals posing as IRS representatives are unquestionably the much bigger problem. Here’s what to know to protect yourself.

Scammers set increasingly treacherous traps for swindling taxpayers’ assets, identities or both. Favorite targets are those most likely to fall for the trickery and least able to afford it:  older adults, immigrants and widows or widowers.

Wintering South To-Do's

Submitted by Tom Orecchio on Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 9:00am

The weather is supposed to get chilly (if not downright cold) and you may already have packed your bags to head south for the winter. Before you surrender to daydreams of sandals and shorts on New Year’s Day, here are a few smart tips to safeguard yourself and your property, if you plan to be away from your primary residence for the winter.

Are You Safe From ID Theft?

Submitted by Sheila Handrick on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 12:00pm

Among experiences you sure don’t want, you open your credit card bill and find a long column of strange charges. Or you try to file your federal tax return and the Internal Revenue Service responds that you already filed and supposedly received your refund weeks ago. How can you protect your identity from falling into the wrong hands?

ID Tax Theft: What to Do Next

Submitted by Sheri Iannetta Cupo on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 12:00pm

Your letter from the Internal Revenue Service says a bogus tax return was already filed in your name. Or your electronically filed return bounces back because fake returns are already on file with your Social Security number (SSN). Surprise: You may be the victim of identity theft. What can you do?

Shielding Kids From ID Theft

Submitted by Ryan J. Klekar and Janel Carroll Walker on Monday, March 16, 2015 - 3:00pm

Tax authorities demand to know why a fourth grader never reported thousands of dollars in income from a factory job. Collection agencies suddenly hound a college student for more than a decade’s worth of credit card debt. Shocking but true: Children and minors are actually almost as likely as adults to be victims of identity theft.

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