DRS: Identity Theft Prevention

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File Early: Protect Your Tax Refund
 
The longer you wait, the longer identity thieves have the opportunity to steal your information AND your refund.

In 2012, we blocked more than $7 million in fraudulent refunds.  This year we will be strengthening our taxpayer identity protection and anti-fraud efforts in order to crack down even more.  Unfortunately, these thieves are persistent and are constantly trying to steal your information, your identity, and your income tax refund.

Stop identity thieves in their tracks! Information below tells you how to protect your refund, monitor your credit, and steps to take if you believe your information has been compromised.

File Early : Use the free Taxpayer Service Center to easily file your Connecticut income tax return early and secure your refund.

Know Your Credit History: The Federal Trade Commission can tell you how to get a copy of your credit report that is actually FREE! It also has information about what to look for and correcting mistakes. 

Protect Your Information: The Internal Revenue Service has information everyone should know about identity theft.

Donít Be a Victim : The Connecticut Attorney Generalís Office is a valuable resource for information about preventing identity theft and what to do if you become a victim.

Avoid Bad Tax Preparers: Don't pay for bad preparers who may also be stealing your identity and your refund.  The CTCPA can help you find reputable CPA's.  The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program offers free tax help for low-to moderate-income (under $50,000) people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Many or some locations also offer free electronic filing.  If you need assistance from VITA, see the list of Connecticut VITA Sites.


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