Webinars, Social Media Events focus on helping consumers reduce their risk

The Federal Trade Commission will mark Tax Identity Theft Week, January 30 – February 3, with a series of events to alert consumers and businesses to ways they can minimize their risk of tax identity theft, and recover if it happens.

What is tax identity theft? It’s when a scammer files a fraudulent tax return using someone else’s Social Security number (SSN) and steals the victim’s refund. Employment-related tax identity theft occurs when someone uses another person’s SSN to earn wages that are then reported as the victim’s income.

This year’s Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week will feature special events for consumers, tax professionals, small businesses and veterans. The FTC will join with the IRS, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the AARP Fraud Watch Network and others to discuss tax identity theft, IRS imposter scams, cybersecurity and identity theft recovery. Learn more – and join the discussion – at the following events (all times listed are Eastern):

Jan. 30, 2 p.m. The FTC, IRS, and the National Association of Tax Professionals offer a webinar for tax professionals – Tax Identity Theft: Tax Professionals on the Ramparts. Topics include scams targeting tax professionals, cybersecurity, protecting client data, and how tax professionals can help identity theft victims. Jan. 31, 3 p.m. The FTC and the Identity Theft Resource Center invite consumers to join a Twitter chat focused on tax identity theft, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you