7 Tips To Help You File
Your Taxes Online Safely
A few takeaways
By Kyle Chivers
Online fraud is a fast-growing crime, and during
tax season, it makes sense that many filers may
be concerned about the online privacy and safety of
their personal data.
The ability for cybercriminals to be anonymous and
conduct their crimes from anywhere in the world
can make it very difficult, if not impossible, for law
enforcement to curb online fraud.
Many aspects of life in the connected world can
present opportunities for your personal information
to be vulnerable. A major one is when you prepare
and file your taxes online. So it’s smart to be aware of
some of the security measures you can take to help
protect your personal information if you plan to file
taxes online this year.
Cybercriminals Can Target Online
Cybercrime continues to evolve as avenues open
up that allow cybercriminals to target consumers in
For example, during tax season, filers could
encounter this scenario: During the process of filing
your taxes, you may realize that it appears as if
you have already filed your returns for the year. It’s
possible that someone has filed a tax return using
your Social Security number. As for the refund you
were expecting to receive, it could already be in the
hands of thieves and fraudsters.
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