If you think your private information may have been compromised, there's an important step you need to take now to make sure you get your tax refund next year.
Tax expert, Dan Thomas, an Enrolled Agent with Jackson Hewitt says ID Theft victims need to be proactive.
"If anybody has had their identity compromised in the course of the past year, make sure and file the identity theft affidavit," said Thomas.
Check one of two boxes saying you're either a victim or "experienced an event involving personal information.
The government will assign you an IP PIN sent to you in the mail.
Now, it doesn't stop with filling out this form. You've got to do 2 more things. One, file a police report. The second is contact 2 of the 3 major credit reporting agencies:
Equifax: 800-525-6285, www.equifax.com
Experian: 888-397-3742, www.experian.com
TransUnion: 800-680-7289, www.transunion.com
Thomas says the problem is only getting worse.
"It's been increasing since 2009 to the current year, it's been astronomical, the IRS has designated 3000 IRS agents to solve the problem. This year until July the 30th they had 660,000 problems solved with still a caseload to go," he said.
ID theft victims might be caught unawares when information was hacked. But knowing now how to protect themselves gives them a chance to make sure it doesn't happen again.
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