How To Prevent Identity Theft During Tax Season

Identity Protection Tips for Tax Season

Tax season is here, and while you still have two whole months to file your taxes, starting on them now can help to ensure that you are not rushed. Along with making sure that you have all the right information to file your taxes, it is important to make sure that you know how to keep your identity safe during tax season. Keep these tips in mind to prevent identity theft while filing your taxes.

  • Be careful online – impersonation schemes reach a high point during tax season. Thieves claim to be IRS agents and send out emails to try and steal personal information. Keep in mind that real IRS agents will never try to contact you through email or social media. If you suspect that you received mail that is part of a scam, visit for steps on how to decide if the mail is authentic.
  • Monitor your mailbox – many thieves have taken to simply stealing tax information straight from your mailbox since it is easier than figuring out Internet passwords.
  • Lock up your Social Security card – you should never keep your Social Security card in your wallet or purse. Keep your card in a safe place at home, like in a safe, or in a safe deposit box at your bank. If a thief gets a hold of your Social Security card, they can easily ruin your credit by opening new lines of credit.
  • Choose the right password – if you electronically file your taxes, you have the option to have any refunds deposited directly into your bank account. Make sure to create a strong password when filing your taxes online to ensure that your personal information stays secure and that you will get the refund that you deserve.

Contact Gee Schussler Insurance Agency in Orland Park for all of your insurance needs and to ensure that your identity stays safe this tax season.