FTC Hosts Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week from January 30 to February 3

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will host Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week from January 30, 2017, to February 3, 2017, with a series of events using webinars and social media to alert consumers and businesses to ways they can minimize their risk of tax identity theft, according to a press release from the FTC.

Tax identity theft occurs when a person files a fraudulent tax return using someone else’s Social Security number (SSN) and steals the victim’s refund. Employment-related tax identity theft occurs when someone uses another person’s SSN to earn wages that are then reported as the victim’s income.

In this year’s Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, the FTC will join with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Fraud Watch Network, and others to discuss tax identity theft at the following events (all times listed are Eastern):

  • January 31, 2017, at 3 p.m. – The FTC and the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) invite consumers to join a Twitter chat focused on tax identity theft.
  • February 1, 2017, at 11 a.m. – The FTC and the DVA co-host a Twitter chat about tax identity theft for service members, veterans, and their families.
  • February 1, 2017, at 1 p.m. – The FTC, DVA, and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration discuss tax identity theft during a webinar for veterans, their families, and those who serve them.
  • February 1, 2017, at 4 p.m. – The FTC and IRS offer a free webinar for small businesses: Protecting Sensitive Business and Customer Information.
  • February 2, 2017, at 2 p.m. – The FTC, AARP Fraud Watch Network, AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program, and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration co-host a webinar about how tax identity theft and IRS imposter scams occur, and recovery steps for victims.

In addition to these events, the FTC created a wide array of materials to help educate people about tax identity theft which can be found at ftc.gov/taxidtheft. The FTC press release is available at www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2017/01/ftc-hosts-tax-identity-theft-awareness-week-jan-30-feb-3.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) works to promote competition, and protect and educate consumers who can learn more about consumer topics and file a consumer complaint online or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357).  Like the FTC on Facebook, follow on Twitter, read blogs, and subscribe to press releases.

As reported by ESR News in April 2016, the IRS offers a Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft so that taxpayers can take additional actions to combat tax identity theft. For more information about tax identity theft, please visit www.irs.gov/uac/Taxpayer-Guide-to-Identity-Theft.

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