Disclosure: As part of the Master Lock Live Secure Safety Squad I’ll be receiving products throughout the upcoming year to review and giveaway. The opinions expressed are always my own.
October is National Crime Prevention Month and most of us are aware of the dangers of identity theft and have taken measures to secure our personal information. Despite our ever-increasing vigilance tax return identity theft, a specific type of identity fraud is increasing at an alarming rate. According to the IRS 1,492 identity theft related criminal investigations were initiated in fiscal year 2013, an increase of 66% over the previous fiscal year. Through their aggressive efforts from 2011 through November 2013, the IRS stopped 14.6 million suspicious returns from being processed, which kept over $50 billion in fraudulent refunds from being sent.*
I Was A Victim Of Tax Return Identity Theft
When my accountant tried to file my taxes electronically last April, the IRS informed her that I’d already submitted my 2013 tax return. We both knew immediately that a fraudulent tax return had been filed using my social security number and I was a victim of tax return identity theft. I felt violated, angry and to be honest I was worried beyond belief. I want to share what I learned with you in the event that you’re ever in the same position I was. Continue reading »