By: Amanda Wilson
As mentioned in our earlier post, tax identity theft is a big issue right now. I am happy to share with you that some help combatting this issue is now available to residents of Florida, Georgia, and the District of Columbia. If you filed a tax return last year as a resident of one of these states, the IRS is offering you another layer of fraud protection. You can go the IRS website and apply for an "identity protection personal identification number". Once received, this must be included on your federal returns. This will prevent identity thieves from successfully filing a tax return (and obtaining a refund) even if the thieves have your social security number.