2018-02-21 / Front Page

Beware of tax fraud

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is warning Hoosiers to beware of scams in which their identities are stolen and used to file fraudulent tax returns.

Tax identity thieves use other people’s Social Security Numbers (SSN) to file taxes and/or even obtain jobs. Most victims initially will not even be aware that this has happened. Some will be notified upon e-filing that a tax return has already been filed using their SSN.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Inspector General to bring awareness and tools to help people protect them- selves from tax identity theft.

On their website, the FTC has provided free webinars and other information in order to learn what to do.

Warning signs:

• More than one tax return was filed for you; • You owe additional tax, have a refund offset or have had collection actions taken against you for a year you did not file a tax return, or;

• IRS records indicate you received wages or other income from an employer for whom you did not work.

For help, go to indianaconsumer.com or call 1-800- 382-5516 to make a complaint.

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