Be on the lookout for identity theft as tax season officially begins! Each year thieves try to steal billions in federal withholdings by stealing your identity. As the IRS focuses more attention on this quickly growing problem, now is the time of year to be extra vigilant.

Early tax filing season is the worst time

Your federal tax account at the IRS currently has plenty of money withheld from your paycheck during the course of the year. Until you file your tax return, the IRS is not sure if it needs to pay some of it back to you in the form of a refund. Thieves know this too, and will try to file a fraudulent tax return before you have time to submit your own. When thieves file early, they can steal some of your withholdings and be long gone by the time you file your own tax return

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