File as early as possible
While it’s tempting to put off the tax return process, it’s increasingly important to file as early as possible. One way identity thieves take advantage of tax season is to file other people’s returns and claim the refunds.
Often, the victims of fraudulent tax returns only become aware of the crime when they file their taxes and are informed that a return has already been filed for them. The simple way to avoid being part of this massive crime is to beat identity thieves at their own game by filing first. Learn more about fraudulent tax returns at the Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft.