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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Avoid Tax Identity Theft By Filing Early

Taxpreparers are bracing for new rules now that the Affordable Care Act has official kicked in. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Shawn Novak says “it’s a race” to file your taxes before someone else tries to pose as you to get your tax return. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Another reason to dread tax season: the Internal Revenue Service says it paid out $63 billion in fraudulent tax refunds between 2011 and 2014. That means someone posing as you could walk away with a refund check with your name on it.

Shawn Novak teaches tax policy at Arizona State University. He’s also a former tax adviser for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. He joins Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd to discuss the problem, and ways to avoid becoming a victim.

Guest

  • Shawn Novak, associate clinical professor at Arizona State University’s School of Public Affairs and former tax adviser for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee.

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