How taxpayers can protect themselves
Tax season is one of the busiest times for identity thieves, but there are steps taxpayers can take to protect themselves. Here’s what CyberScout recommends:
- Use a password-protected Wi-Fi connection when filing your taxes. Use a long and complex password — not just for your Wi-Fi but also for any accounts you’re using during the tax-filing process.
- Get your return via direct deposit. If you must receive a return check via mail, have it sent to a locked mailbox.
- Ask your tax preparer to use two-factor authentication to protect your documents and personal information.
- Use an encrypted USB drive to save sensitive tax documents.
- Never give information to anyone who contacts you by phone or online claiming to be from the IRS. The IRS will never contact you this way.
- Monitor your accounts and online identity for any signs that your identity has been stolen. For example, if you see a sudden, unexpected change in your credit scores, it could indicate your identity has been stolen. You can easily get a look at your credit by using our free credit report snapshot, which is updated every 14 days.