Protect Yourself From Tax Identity Theft

Tax identity theft continues to rise.  In 2013, $6.5 billion in fraudulent returns were filed.  By 2016, that number is expected to increase to $21 billion.  To make matters worse, it can take several months for the rightful taxpayer to straighten out the confusion.  You can protect yourself by being aware of one of the key ways fraud is initiated–through email.  the IRS NEVER uses email or social media to contact taxpayers directly, so you should never respond to a message from the “IRS” addressing tax concerns via email.

Schutte & Hilgendorf is committed to protecting our clients’ records and follows several security measures to ensure that sensitive data are carefully guarded.  We can help if you have questions about any type of correspondence or request you received involving tax information.

If you have additional questions about this post or any other, please contact us directly at 928-778-0079.

Schutte & Hilgendorf is a leading Prescott CPA firm, offering superior client service to individuals, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and homeowners associations.

Our services include accounting, bookkeeping, audit, review, tax return preparation, tax planning, payroll and QuickBooks consulting.  We are located in Prescott and serve all of Yavapai County, and Northern Arizona.

 


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