Cocoa Police Department Gives Tips To Avoid Identity Theft During Tax Season

By  //  January 27, 2016

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File tax returns early in the tax season

Consumers victimized by identity theft should call local law enforcement. Victims wanting to file a complaint can visit FTCComplaintAssistant.gov. Consumers can also file complaints about tax-related scams and other types of fraud through the Florida Attorney General’s Office. (Cocoa Police Facebook image)

Consumers victimized by identity theft should call local law enforcement. Victims wanting to file a complaint can visit FTCComplaintAssistant.gov. Consumers can also file complaints about tax-related scams and other types of fraud through the Florida Attorney General’s Office. (Cocoa Police Facebook image)

As we prepare to file annual tax returns this year, we can all safeguard against identity theft and tax fraud by following these tips:

• File tax returns early in the tax season;
• Research a tax preparer thoroughly before providing personal information;
• Use a secure internet connection when filing electronically. Do not use unsecure, publicly available Wi-Fi hotspots;
• Mail tax returns directly from the post office, not from home;
• Know that Floridians are eligible for an Identity Protection PIN from the IRS. Should someone enrolled in the IRS IP PIN program and file a return with an incorrect PIN, the IRS will reject or delay the return until it is submitted with the correct PIN and the taxpayer’s identity is confirmed. To obtain an IRS IP PIN IRS.gov;
• Know that the IRS will never initiate contact by email, phone, text or social media. If the IRS needs information, it will first contact by mail; and
• If a Social Security number has been compromised, contact the IRS ID Theft Protection Specialized Unit at 800-908-4490.

Consumers victimized by identity theft should call local law enforcement.

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Victims wanting to file a complaint can visit FTCComplaintAssistant.gov. Consumers can also file complaints about tax-related scams and other types of fraud through the Florida Attorney General’s Office.

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