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Identity theft occurs when someone obtains your personal information – such as your Social Security number, credit card or account numbers, passwords, among others – to defraud or commit crimes. Victims of identity theft may lose significant money and time and may find their reputation and credit rating has been damaged, affecting the ability to obtain loans for education or housing, approval for rental agreements, and approval for credit cards or large purchases requiring credit.
Signs You Might Have Been a Victim
How to Avoid Becoming a Victim
Here are some simple, but important tips to protect your information:
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. Individual taxpayers can file their taxes online for free if they qualify at http://www.freefile.dor.in.gov. Businesses can file many of their business taxes online using INtax for free at www.intax.in.gov.
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. The list goes on and on. There are a lot opportunities for identity theft with a paper return.
A taxpayer can also securely pay online using our ePay system. For more information, visit www.epay.in.gov.
For a list of safe and secure online services the Indiana Department of Revenue provides, visit www.in.gov/dor/4331.htm.