“Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.” – Lou Holtz

It may not surprise you to learn
that identity theft is annually the number one complaint made to the
Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Well, the tax return component of this
crime has been heating up.

Seal of the United States Federal Trade Commis...

Seal of the United States Federal Trade Commission. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


 
In 2010, only about 15 percent of all identity theft complaints to the
FTC dealt with tax returns. Well, in 2013, that jumped to 43 percent.

All the thief requires is your SSN, a few easily-forged counterfeit documents … and WHAMMO, they’ve got your expected refund.

In essence, to prevent this kind of theft of your refund, or your return
filing status, you need to file your return before the thief does. Which is just another reason to start the process with us, ASAP (Here’s our number: 847-243-3600 — call us today).

The good news is that the IRS is aware of this problem, and they do have
systems in place. If this DOES happen to you, we can help you work with
the IRS to get it resolved. Alternatively, of course, you can call the
IRS ID Theft Protection Unit yourself at (800) 908-4490, extension 245.
The hold times … well, they’re not always fun. There will be paperwork
to file and other things you will have to do as quickly as possible.

Which means that it’s nice to have someone in your corner who can handle this kind of thing on your behalf, right?

Other ways to protect yourself
Nobody can *guarantee* that they won’t get victimized, but here are a couple steps you can take to reduce the risk…

  • If you file by mail, go to the post office. Don’t place your documents in an unlocked mailbox in front of your house.
  • If you file electronically, use a secure computer on a secure network (which we happen to have). Never do anything financially sensitive from a public WiFi spot.
  • Get your return done as soon as you can. It really is in your best interest to file as early as possible.


 


Again, while we can never fully prevent bad things from happening, we certainly can help you cover your bases!

Give us a call and let’s see how we can help you.

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