What could be worse than filing your taxes for the year and finding out that you unexpectedly owe money to the government? Getting a notice from the IRS saying that you already filed your return—when you haven’t yet.
Identity thieves are always looking for opportunities to impersonate you to make purchases, open credit cards in your name, apply for loans, and—at this time of year—file returns in your name to steal your refund.
We sincerely hope that your identity never gets stolen, but if it ever does, it’s important to recognize the signs as soon as they happen. Doing so will help you limit the damage an identity thief can do.
Signs you are a victim of tax-related identity theft: