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IRS Reminds Taxpayers To Watch Out For Identity Theft

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The Internal Revenue Service issued a filing season alert warning taxpayers and tax professionals to watch out for identity theft at tax time.
 The "Dirty Dozen" crime was highlighted as the top scam in the agency's series.
The Dirty Dozen is compiled annually by the IRS and lists a variety of common scams taxpayers may encounter any time during the year, especially tax filing season.
Tax-related identify theft remains a top item.
This occurs when someone uses a stolen Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number to file a tax return claiming fraudulent refund.
The IRS and its partners remind taxpayers they can do their part by always using security software with firewall and anti-virus protections, learning to recognize and avoid phishing emails and protecting personal data.
In 2016, the number of taxpayers reporting stolen identities on federal tax returns fell by more than 50 percent with nearly 275 thousand fewer victims compared to years ago.

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