Be aware of tax identity theft

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A new tax season brings with it more concerns over identity theft that can cause serious trouble for a person’s wallet.A crime called tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to file a phony tax return and collect your refund. You may not find out about this until you try to file your tax return and the IRS rejects it as a duplicate filing.While the IRS investigates these offenses, your tax return can be delayed. The misuse of your Social Security number may also put you at risk for other types of identity theft.Government agencies are urging consumers to be on guard against tax-time identity theft. Tax fraud is one of the most common ways consumers report their identities being stolen in recent years. Some people reported when they went to fil
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