Frequently Asked Questions

Identity theft is what happens when someone uses information about you without your permission.  This can include your name, address, Social Security number, financial information or anything that allows them to falsely represent themselves as you.

Tax Refund Fraud is when someone uses your stolen Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund.

When identity thieves use stolen personally identifiable information to file a fake tax return. The fake return results in the thieves receiving illegitimate refund checks.

Though protecting your identity is critical, filing your tax return as early as possible is the best way to reduce your risk of Tax Refund Fraud.

  1. Report identity theft at www.ftc.gov and learn how to respond to it at identitytheft.gov.
  2. Contact one of the three major credit bureaus to place a ‘fraud alert’ on your credit records:
    1. Equifax, www.Equifax.com, 1-800-525-6285
    2. Experian, www.Experian.com, 1-888-397-3742
    3. TransUnion, www.TransUnion.com, 1-800-680-7289
  3. Contact your financial institutions, and close any accounts opened without your permission or tampered with.

The experts at Liberty Tax® can help you by professionally completing your tax return for you accurately & efficiently.