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How to protect your tax return from thieves

Posted: 6:41 PM, Dec 28, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-28 23:41:47Z

Only three days left in 2015, which means it's time to start thinking about filing your taxes, but identity thieves could try to steal your tax return. 

The IRS won't contact you via email, text or social media message asking for personal or financial information. Notify the IRS immediately if you receive a letter saying you were paid by an unknown employer. 

If you receive an email from someone claiming to be from the IRS, don't click the link or reply. Forward the email to phishing@irs.gov.

If someone uses your social security number to file a tax refund before you do, the IRS will send a letter saying more than one return was filed. In this case, contact the IRS immediately. 

Tax season begins Jan. 19. The last day to file without penalty is April 18.