From 2011 through 2014, identity thieves submitted more than 19 million suspicious tax returns to the IRS for more than $63 billion in fraudulent refunds. But until recently, taxpayers weren’t allowed to see the fraudulent returns filed using their Social Security numbers (SSNs). That changed recently, thanks in part to a letter sent to the [...]
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is kicking off 2015 with Tax Identity Theft Awareness week, January 26 to 30. The purpose of this week is to educate people about identity theft—which could be anyone with a Social Security number (SSN). More than 1.6 million people were affected by tax identity theft in 2013. The IRS [...]
On two occasions, I’ve been the victim of a crime that could have resulted in identity theft. The first instance occurred when I was walking down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and a young girl grabbed my makeup case thinking it was my wallet (she hesitantly returned it to me after I pointed out that fact). [...]
Believe it or not, the start of the 2015 tax-filing season is right around the corner. While there has been speculation that the start of the coming filing season may be delayed (as it was in 2014), it’s never too soon to begin preparing. Not only might you get your refund sooner if you file [...]
Credit scores, on the scale assigned by FICO, range from 300 to 850. Who has an 850 credit score and what canyou do to get one? Less than 1 percent of the population has a credit score above 800, so it's very unlikely you will have an 850 credit score. However, if your credit score is above 720, you will probably still receive the best rates. Watch more credit and identity theft videos from Expert Real Estate Tips to learn how to raise your credit score.
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