Did someone misuse your Social Security number to file for a tax refund or get a job? Did a stranger claim your child as a dependent? Has a caller claiming to be from the IRS demanded you wire money right away? Learn about tax-related identity theft and IRS imposter scams — and what you can do about them — in free webinars and other events during Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week.
Here are some of the events on tap. More information about these and other events, and how to participate, also will be posted here. For information about identity theft in general, please visit ftc.gov/idtheft.
- Jan. 30, 2 p.m. EST: The FTC, IRS, and the National Association of Tax Professionals offer a free webinar — Tax Identity Theft: Tax Professionals on the Ramparts — with practical guidance about identity theft issues important to tax professionals. Topics include scams targeting tax professionals, cybersecurity, protecting client data, and how tax professionals can help identity theft victims.
- Jan. 31, 3 p.m. EST: The FTC and the Identity Theft Resource Center invite consumers to join a Twitter chat focused on tax identity theft, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you become a victim. Follow @FTC and @ITRCSD.
- Feb. 1, 11 a.m. EST: The FTC and the Department of Veterans Affairs co-host a Twitter chat about tax identity theft for service members, veterans, and their families. Learn to minimize your risk of tax identity theft and how to recover if identity theft happens to you. Join the conversation on #VeteranIDTheft. Follow @milconsumer, @FTC, and @DeptVetAffairs.
- Feb. 1, 1 p.m. EST: The FTC, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration discuss tax identity theft, IRS imposter scams, how to lower your risk, and what to do if you become a victim, during a webinar for veterans, their families, and those who serve them.
- Feb. 1, 4 p.m. EST: The FTC and IRS offer a free webinar for small businesses: Protecting Sensitive Business and Customer Information. Learn about tax identity theft, imposter scams targeting businesses, data breach avoidance and response, and free resources to help you protect your business, employees, and customers.