This week is Identity Theft Awareness Week. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) have collaborated to encourage Wisconsinites to keep their documents and data safe. Tax return time can be a very vulnerable time for your personal data. Around 13 million Americans are victims of identity theft each year. Below are some tips on how you can keep your data safe:
- Never store your SSN on any device that may be vulnerable to data thieves or viruses
- File your taxes as early as possible so identity thieves don't have a chance to do it in your name first. This also grants you more time to resolve any issues before returns are due on Tax Day (April 18th, 2023)
- Use a mailbox lock or consider having your mail sent to a PO Box to prevent anyone from stealing your personal info via mail
- Use a shredder or similar method to dispose of unneeded documents containing personal info, such as your SSN or IRS account number
- Sign up for federal and state Identity Protection Personal Identification Numbers (IP PINs) with the IRS and DOR to add an extra layer of security to your tax filings
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