If you operate a business, how you handle personal information can affect whether your customers, employees, and yes, even your business, are at risk of identity theft during tax season and all through the year.
On Thursday, February 1, at 1 p.m. EST, experts from the FTC and IRS will host a free, one-hour webinar, Protecting Sensitive Business & Customer Data: Practical Identity Safety Practices. We’ll discuss identity theft, imposter scams that target businesses, and data security and data breach response, all with an eye to what you can do to protect your business and the people your business impacts.
The event is one of several free webinars and Twitter chats that the FTC and its partners are hosting as part of Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, January 29-February 2. Our other events feature experts from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the AARP Fraud Watch Network, and the Identity Theft Resource Center. Visit ftc.gov/taxidentitytheft for details and to learn how to participate.
What is tax identity theft? It usually refers to the fraudulent use of someone’s Social Security number (SSN) to either file a tax return and claim the victim’s refund, or to earn wages and that are reported as the victim’s income, leaving the victim with the tax bill. Businesses are involved when cyber criminals try to access their customer and employee files to steal SSNs, banking information and more. Cyber criminals also use stolen