1. File Your Taxes Early

  2. Recognize Phishing Scams

  3. Change Your Passwords Often

  4. Protect Your Number

  • the IRS will never contact you through phone, email, text or social media to get your personal or financial information. How to Recognize Fake Calls and Emails

  • They also won’t call you about taxes you owe without mailing you a bill first and they won’t require you to pay a certain way, such as a prepaid debit card.

What can you do if you think you are a victim of identity theft?

  • Contact the IRS as soon as possible. Document everything, and keep in contact with the IRS until the issue is resolved. How to Identify ID Theft

  • You can file an identity theft complaint with the Federal Trade Commission – 1-800-908-4490

  • You may also want to file a report with the local police, as well as contact the fraud departments of the three major credit bureaus – Experian, Equifax, and Transunion.