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Privacy Tip #180 – National Consumer Protection Week—Tax Identity Theft

This week is National Consumer Protection Week. In celebration of that, this post is devoted to protection from tax identity theft.

At this time of year, as we all prepare and file our tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), we are reminded again that tax identity theft continues to be a problem. Tax identity theft occurs when a criminal has either purchased or obtained your personal information and files a false tax return in your name to get a refund from the IRS. Then when you file your taxes, you get a notice that your tax return has already been filed and your refund issued. The problem is that you didn’t file your tax return and get the refund, the criminal has. If you are a victim, there are a number of things you must do to prove who you are in order to file your real tax return, and to rectify the fraud. It is a time consuming and rather irritating process,caused by this criminal act.

We also note that the Federal Trade Commission is hosting a twitter chat tomorrow, March 8, 2019 at 11 a.m. EST with the Identity Theft Resource Center to discuss protecting yourself against tax identity theft. Here is the information if you want to join the conversation:; or

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Linn F. Freedman, Robinson Cole Law Firm, Cybersecurity and Litigation Law Attorney, Providence

Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She provides guidance on data privacy and cybersecurity compliance to a full range of public and private clients across all industries, such as construction, education, health care, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, utilities and critical infrastructure, marine, and charitable organizations. Linn is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Group and chairs its Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team. She is also a member of the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team (CyFi ...