Tax season is underway and so is tax identity theft!
Overland Park, KS
02/19/2018 11:15 AM

At LegalShield, we partner with the world leader in identity monitoring and restoration-Kroll. Below is useful information on how to protect yourself. Feel free to share with ALL employees, as everyone is a potential victim!

If you would like to know how to proactively protect yourself and your employees with IDShield, a recognized leader in the industry, at no direct cost to the company, let me know. Easy implementation, no claim forms, pre-existing conditions covered.

Tax Identity Theft Fact Sheet

Tax identity theft occurs when someone else uses your Social Security number to file a fraudulent

return to get a tax refund. It can also happen when someone else uses your personal information to

secure employment, which can make it appear you earned more income than you actually did. While

additional safeguards in the tax industry have led to a decline in tax identity theft incidents in the last

year, those who are victims could face a complex resolution process and/or delayed tax refunds.


Tips to reduce chances of tax identity theft:

• File early to get your refund before identity thieves have the opportunity.

• When you do file, use a secure internet connection if filing electronically. If mailing your

return, take it to the post office to prevent your return – and your personal information –

from being stolen from your mailbox.

• Know that the IRS won’t ask you to pay your taxes with a prepaid debit card or wire transfer,

nor will they ask for a credit card number over the phone. In fact, if the IRS needs to contact

you, they will do so by mail.

• If you aren’t preparing your return yourself, ask for recommendations and research tax

preparers before you turn your personal information over to them.

• Shred old taxes returns you’re no longer required to keep, as well as draft returns, extra

copies and calculation sheets.

• Always protect your Social Security number or Medicare card number; don’t give it out

unless you must. Always ask why it’s needed, how it’s going to be used and how it will be



If you suspect you are a victim oftax identity theft: Call ID Shield!

They will help you in multiple ways:

• Complete the IRS Identity Theft Affidavit

• Place a 90-day fraud alert with the Credit Bureaus

• Place a 90-day identity theft security alert with ChexSystems, Inc.

Cathy Lucas
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