DATCP Wrapping up Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week

Today is the final day of Tax Identity Theft Awareness
Week, and state consumer protection officials have been using this week to remind
people to be aware of identity theft and scams when filing your taxes. The
Wisconsin Department of Ag, Trade and Consumer Protection says some common
signs of tax ID theft include finding multiple returns filed under your social
security number, receiving a letter or refund check regarding a return you did
not file, or being notified you owe additional taxes or are facing collection
actions for a year you did not file a return.

DATCP officials suggest checking to see whether an income
tax return has been already filed in your name before you file your 2018
return. Other protective measures include filing early in the season to get a
jump on a thief who may have your information, making sure you have strong
passwords and that your operating system and antivirus are up to date on your
computer, and reporting any questionable or suspicious behavior from tax preparers
or tax preparation services to the state. It’s also recommended to take steps
year-round to keep your personal information safe.

If you believe you may be a victim of tax identity theft, report
the fraud to the IRS at 1-800-829-0433 and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue at
1-608-266-2486. To file a complaint with state consumer protection bureau, call
1-800-422-7128 or go to datcp.wi.gov.