Here are some simple, but important tips to protect your information:
- Protect your financial documents. They have your name, address, bank information and Social Security number. Shred documents you don’t need and keep ones you do need locked in a secure place.
- Don’t give a business your Social Security number just because they ask.
- Don’t carry your Social Security card with you.
- Protect your financial information: shred important paper, don’t just throw them away.
- Check your credit report every 12 months for free by directly contacting the three credit report agencies: Experian, Equifax and Trans Union.
- Secure personal information in your home: keep your financial records locked up.
- Protect your personal computers by using firewalls, anti-spam/virus software, update security patches, and change passwords for Internet accounts.
- Don’t give personal information over the phone, through the mail, or online—unless you are sure you know with whom you are dealing.
File and Pay Taxes Electronically!
Another way to combat identity theft is to file your taxes electronically. E-filing is significantly more secure than paper filing. When you e-file, your return is processed predominately by computer. This means the fewest possible chances for identity theft. A paper return is handled by dozens of people: postal processing, mail clerks, letter opening, paper organizing, return scanning, the person who reviews and approves information, and possibly many others. There are a lot opportunities for identity theft with a paper return.
Individual taxpayers can file their taxes online for free if they qualify for INFreeFile. To make individual income tax payments, customers should use INTIME to ensure their payment is made securely and directly with DOR.
Corporations and businesses can both file and pay their tax obligations securely and efficiently with INTIME.