The Fair Credit Reporting Act is designed to protect consumers from inaccurate or outdated information on credit reports. But there is a more insidious problem looming.
Tax Return ID Theft is on the rise. Yahoo News has a story about how it is getting bigger.
Tax Return ID Theft is when someone else uses your social security number and other personal identifiers to work or obtain other government benefits. Usually this is done by an illegal alien, who needs your personal information to give to an employer so they can work.
To combat this growing scourge, it is important for you to safeguard your information and documents. Just as the advertisements suggest, you should destroy documents with your full social security number rather than just throw them away. You are even better protected by not disposing of them at all.
If you are the victim of tax return fraud, you should contact the IRS, and send in a Tax Form 14039, a tax ID theft Affidavit. This will help some in your efforts to control the damage.
But you should also be checking your credit file. Identity thieves rarely limit themselves to just your work records. You should be ordering your consumer disclosures from the 3 national credit reporting agencies. You can do this by mail, or phone. Download the form for requesting your credit report by mail, or call the central number for ordering by phone- 877-322-8228.
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