FTC Hosts Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week from January 29 to February 2

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is hosting Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week from Monday, January 29, 2018, to Friday, February 2, 2018, with a series of free events to help consumers and businesses reduce their chances of becoming tax identity theft victims, according to a press release from the FTC.

The FTC has partnered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), and others to co-host free webinars and Twitter chats focused on how consumers and businesses can avoid tax identity theft.

Tax identity theft occurs when a person uses someone else’s Social Security number (SSN) to either file a tax return and claim the victim’s refund, or to earn wages that are reported as the victim’s income, leaving the victim with the tax bill. The events on tap for Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week include:

  • Monday, January 29, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. ET: A webinar for consumers on tax identity theft and IRS imposter scams, how to protect yourself, and how to recover, co-hosted by the FTC and the Identity Theft Resource Center.
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. ET: A webinar for older adults and other consumers on tax identity theft and IRS imposter scams, co-hosted by the FTC, AARP Fraud Watch Network, the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. ET: A Twitter chat for service members, veterans, and their families, co-hosted by the FTC and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Join the conversation at #VeteranIDTheft.
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. ET: A closed webinar co-hosted by the FTC, the VA, and the TIGTA, focused on tax identity theft and IRS imposter scams. This webinar is only available to Veterans Administration employees and patients.
  • Thursday, February 1, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. ET: A webinar for small businesses, Protecting Sensitive Business and Customer Data: Practical Identity Safety Practices for Your Business, co-hosted by the FTC and IRS focused on tax identity theft, imposter scams targeting businesses, cybersecurity practices to reduce your risk, and data breach response.
  • Thursday, February 1, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. ET: A Twitter chat for consumers on protecting yourself from tax identity theft, co-hosted by the FTC and the Identity Theft Resource Center. Join the conversation at #IDTheftChat.

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