Consumer Contact: Tax Return Fraud 

Russ Van Arsdale was in for our Consumer Contact segment this week to tell us about tax return fraud.Thieves are trying to steal your identity by filing false tax returns by getting a hold of your name, Social Security number, and birth date. They will then make up fake income and deduction numbers and file as you. So when you go to file your tax return the IRS kicks your return back saying you’re the imposter. The IRS has added new filters to detect this fraud.You also have to watch out for tax prepares who are the ones committing fraud. Here are some things to watch out for while filing your tax return with a tax preparer. Never sign a blank tax return, make sure the prepare’s ID number is on the return, and make sure to check their credentials.For more information on protecting your identity you can go to the IRS website at