Tips for Protecting Your Identity this Tax Season
Tax season isn't just busy for accountants. It's also a busy time of year for thieves who are looking to steal your identity. Tax season offers many opportunities for identity thieves to take advantage of you, so it's more important than ever to be diligent with the protection of your information.
Tip #1: If someone calls you claiming to be from the IRS and requests money or personal information hang up immediately. If the IRS needs something from you they will most likely use direct mail. If you receive a surprising or suspicious communication purportedly from the IRS, we would urge you to call them immediately. They can help you identify a bogus request for information and work with you to respond to a legitimate IRS contact. You can call them directly at 800-829-1040 to verify any communication you receive and we strongly recommend that you do so. You can also visit www.irs.gov for more information.
In addition, beware of any mail or telephone solicitations that offer prizes or awards—especially if the offer asks you for personal in-formation or financial account numbers.
For more information about protecting your identity during tax time and all year long please refer to the Davis & Hodgdon white paper: Identity Theft: Protecting Your Information.
Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs is a full-service public accounting firm with locations in Williston and Rutland Vermont. The firm is a member of several diverse regional and statewide business organizations and serves its clients by providing progressive, proactive services through expert staff, high-end technology, and unparalleled efficiency.