Tips to protect your identity during tax season

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Tax season is now underway and Hoosiers are on high alert. It doesn’t matter if you are filing your returns online or through the mail, this is prime season for identity thefts.

There are a few things you can do to keep your identity safe. Don’t carry documents with your social security number or individual taxpayer identification number on it.  Make sure the computer you’re using has updated anti-spam and virus software and security patches. And no matter how busy you are, avoid working on your taxes over a public Wi-Fi connection, like in a cafe or airport.

If you receive a tax notice and think it’s because of identity theft, get in touch with the IRS. The agency said they’ve doubled the number of their employees working on identity theft this year.