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File Your Taxes Early to Protect Against Fraud and Identity Theft

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taxearlyYour taxes may not be due until April 15th, but there are certainly benefits to filing early. One of them being greater protection against tax fraud and identity theft.

According to an estimate by the IRS, they paid over 5 billion dollars in fraudulent identity theft in 2013.

Basically, that means criminals use your name and Social Security number to file a false return and get your big whopper of a return in their pocket instead of yours. Obviously, this can’t be done if your taxes have already been filed so filing early is the easiest way to prevent this from happening to you.

Not expecting a return this year? You’re still at risk for identity theft. If a criminal gets ahold of your Social Security number, they can give it to an employer to avoid being taxed on wages, and the opposite effect can happen: you get stuck with the tax bill.

The risk of having your identity stolen during tax season is greater than the rest of the year, but still not something to lose sleep over. The IRS is constantly working to stop and prevent as many false returns as possible and they’re getting better and better at catching those sneaky little criminals before disaster strikes.

A new regulation put into place in the 2014 filing season is that only three refunds can be deposited into a single bank account. They’re also providing taxpayers with personal identification numbers–in addition to the Social Security number they’re required to provide–to prove their identity when filing tax returns. The number of taxpayers requesting these PIN numbers is nearly doubling every year.

Filing your taxes early can prevent the identity theft catastrophe and we’ll even reward you with cool Mazuma gear. Send your tax documents to us by February 28th and receive a $10 Amazon gift card and a trendy Mazuma t-shirt.

Ben Sutton

Ben Sutton

Ben Sutton is the founder of Mazuma USA, an accounting firm providing tax, bookkeeping and payroll services to small businesses. Since founding Mazuma, Ben has established himself as an expert in the small business world. He’s still driven by that same desire to provide accounting help to all small businesses – from photographers, bloggers and creatives to lawyers, doctors, and dentists, everyone needs affordable accounting help. Ben is a Certified Public Accountant, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. But Ben considers his greatest achievement and credential to be his happy wife and four children.

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