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What you should know about tax-related identity theft

April 9, 2015

From: Department of Human Resources

The Department of Human Resources, Information Technology Security Office, and other offices at Virginia Tech are receiving reports of tax-related identity theft. 

The IRS defines tax-related identity theft as theft that occurs when someone uses your stolen social security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund.  Employees are urged to be vigilant in protecting their social security number and to be aware of the risk of tax-related identity theft. 

The Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft published by the IRS provides more information about tax-related identity theft and what to do if you are a victim.

If you believe you may be a victim of tax-related identity theft, contact law enforcement and follow the other steps indicated by the IRS.