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Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week is Jan. 30-Feb. 3

January 26, 2017

Washington — The Federal Trade Commission will host this year’s Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, Jan. 30 – Feb. 3, with webinars and other social media events designed to help people share information about tax identity theft.

Did someone misuse your Social Security number to file for a tax refund? Has someone called you claiming to be from the IRS and demanded you wire money right away? These are just two of the scams the FTC will discuss during the annual awareness week.

Events include:

  • A Jan. 31 Twitter chat devoted to tax identity theft. The chat starts at 3 p.m. EST. To join, follow @FTC and @ITRCSD.
  • A Feb. 1 webinar for small businesses hosted by the FTC and Internal Revenue Service. The free webinar, Protecting Sensitive Business and Customer Information, will take place at 4 p.m. EST and offers tips on tax identity theft, imposter scams targeting businesses, data breach avoidance and response, and other free resources.
  • A Feb. 2 webinar hosted by the FTC, AARP Fraud Watch Network, AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration about how tax identity theft and IRS imposter scams occur. The 2 p.m. webinar will also offer recovery steps for victims.

For more information, visit ftc.gov/taxidtheft. The materials are available in English and Spanish.

The ADA offers members a free resource on identity theft. Protecting Yourself From Identity Theft is available at http://www.ada.org/ID-Theft. The 10-page document summarizes the steps an individual can take to respond to different types of identity theft including tax return ID theft; credit, ATM and debit card ID theft; child ID theft; medical ID theft, and military ID theft.