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Forgo fraud this tax season: IRS-CI issues tips to protect your wallet, identity
Wyoming News Now
Tax season kicked off Jan. 23, and IRS Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) reminds U.S. taxpayers to take extra steps to protect their identities and wallets when filing their taxes. “Education and outreach are key to preventing tax fraud,” said IRS-CI Chief Jim Lee. “If U.S. taxpayers know what to lookout for, they can avoid falling victim to the latest tax fraud scheme.” Forgo fraud this filing season:
1. Choose a tax preparer wisely. Look for a preparer who is available year-round.
2. Ask your tax preparer for their IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). All paid preparers are required to have one.
3. Don’t use a ghost preparer. They won’t sign a tax return they prepare for you.