Taxpayer Advocate Service: TAS Tax Tips: Keep safe on social media at tax time – Don’t post or message tax info (May 5, 2021)

The Taxpayer Advocate Service has published an article titled “TAS Tax Tips: Keep safe on social media at tax time – Don’t post or message tax info,” which discusses ways taxpayers can protect their personal and tax account information. The article begins as follows:

Waiting on your tax refund can be difficult. It can be even more so when you are unsure about the status or why there might be a delay beyond the timeframe you expected your refund. While you are checking the status of your refund or responding to any IRS requests for additional information, the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) urges you to protect your personal and tax account information.

Social media timelines, forums and community groups may be a great way to connect with others and even comment publicly about something, but it’s not a great place to share your personal tax information.

Turning to social media and posting personal financial information such as tax transcripts or refund details are just examples of what you should not be doing. Also, asking personal tax details of others, puts you and them at risk for identity theft.

To view the full article, click here: “TAS Tax Tips: Keep safe on social media at tax time – Don’t post or message tax info

Posted by Jessica Ji, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.

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