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The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) has issued some useful tips for US Taxpayers, to help keep secure on social media during the US Tax season.
TAS' advice begins by explaining that "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 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, but it’s not a great place to share your personal tax information."
TAS highlight that "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."
TAS go on to write that "Even if you share personal information that is partially hidden, income, refund and other amounts can be connected with your social media profiles. Tax scammers and thieves are savvy and can steal your information from just a few details ... You may even think you are safe if you do not have your name shown in the user account fields. But don’t be fooled, clever thieves can and will attempt to search all available information on the internet for whatever they can use."
If you have questions or concerns about your tax return or tax refund, rather than taking to social media, it's better to contact the IRS directly or to speak with your US Tax Expert. If you don't currently have a US Tax Preparer, you can find a selection through our A-List Directory.
For more details on the Taxpayer Advocate Service's advice and news, go to taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov.