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The six most common identity theft risks at tax time

10:26 AM, Jan. 15, 2013
It's important to keep identity protection front-of-mind during tax preparation season.
It's important to keep identity protection front-of-mind during tax preparation season.
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Tax time is always tough. Whether you will owe or anticipate a refund, plan to do your own taxes or pay a professional to do them for you, preparing and filing your taxes can be a tedious task.

It also can be a risky one: the information needed to prepare your taxes is a treasure trove for enterprising identity thieves.

The nonprofit Identity Theft Resource Center notes that for identity thieves, "tax time is a prime time of opportunity." Forms such as W-2s and IRS tax forms usually include your Social Security number, name and address, and often financial account information. Using that ...

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