Tax season an opportune time for identity theft

Taxpayers should stay vigilant with their info

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – After a temporary shutdown, TurboTax has resumed filing state income tax returns for customers. The company shut down all state tax filings after detecting an “increase in suspicious activities.”

While it’s confirmed that there’s no data breach associated with TurboTax, Liberty Tax’s Ray Maagero told 22News taxpayers should remain vigilant.

Thieves steal your personal information from somewhere else, and try to file fake returns, using your social security number.

Maagero said, “At the end of the day, protecting your information and an ounce of prevention is what it’s all about it. Computers at home should have proper firewalls or anti-virus software. Make sure you don’t share your information when it doesn’t need to be shared.”

Be careful with your personal information and help keep yourself protected from schemes using these tips.

If you notice more than one tax return was filed using your Social Security Number, file a report right away. Click here for step-by-step directions.

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