It’s tax season, and you know what that means: identity thieves who want to steal your tax refund are at work. Find out how to stop them during Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, January 25-29.
The FTC and its partners are hosting a series of events to help you understand tax identity theft, how to minimize your risk of becoming a victim, and what to do if thieves have stolen your tax refund.
Check these out:
- January 26, 2 p.m. – an FTC webinar for consumers, co-hosted AARP’s Fraud Watch Network and Tax Aide Program. Learn how tax identity theft happens and what you can do if it happens to you.
- January 27, 11 a.m. – the FTC and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will host a Twitter chat with information about tax identity theft for veterans. Join the conversation at #VeteranIDTheft.
- January 27, 2 p.m. – the FTC, TIGTA and the VA will host a webinar with information about tax identity theft for veterans.
- January 28, 1 p.m. – the FTC and the IRS will co-host a webinar with information to help victims of tax identity theft.
- January 29, 2 p.m. – the FTC and the Identity Theft Resource Center will co-host a Twitter chat about tax ID theft. Join the conversation at #IDTheftChat.
Help promote awareness about tax identity theft. We have free resources to share in your community. Want to know more about identity theft in general? Visit www.IdentityTheft.gov, the government’s one-stop resource to help identity theft victims recover.
About the Author
Rosario Méndez is an attorney in the Division of Consumer and Business Education at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In addition to its Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week activities, the FTC is hosting its third “Start With Security” event – co-sponsored by the University of Washington Tech Policy Lab, the University of Washington School of Law Technology Law & Public Policy Clinic and CoMotion at the University of Washington – on Feb. 9 in Seattle. Learn more here.
This blog post originally appeared in the FTC’s Consumer Information blog.