How to Protect Yourself Against Taxpayer Identity Fraud
October 18, 2017
In light of the recent issues surrounding identity theft and cybersecurity, Smith & Howard would like to offer some tips to protect your credit and your federal tax account from fraudulent tax returns. Residents of Georgia, Florida and the District of Columbia may participate in an IRS pilot program and apply for a special identification number called an IP PIN. An IP PIN is a unique six-digit number assigned by the IRS to prevent others from filing a fraudulent return using your social security number.
Note: If you have already frozen your credit, you will need to unfreeze it temporarily to create this IP PIN. We also recommend that you enroll in credit monitoring, if you haven’t already done so.
Instructions for obtaining an IP PIN from the IRS can be found here.
Other things to note on taxpayer ID fraud and the IP PIN:
If you have any questions, please contact Smith & Howard Tax Partner, Mark Abrams at 404-874-6244 or fill out the contact form below.
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