Identity thieves can file tax returns in your name and steal your tax refund. They may try to get your identity information through emails claiming false problems with your return or tax documents. Follow these tips to protect yourself.
- File your taxes as soon as possible. This allows criminals less time to file under your name and will get you your tax refund (if you are eligible for one) faster.
- Be suspicious of ads for tax filing services that promise you large or expedited tax refunds. These are often scams to steal your personal information.
Good news! U-M employees enjoy added security for their W-2 and other tax-related information in Wolverine Access thanks to two-factor for Weblogin. This is required for all U-M faculty, staff, student employees, and sponsored affiliates (as of January 23, 2019). Other members of the U-M community are encouraged to turn it on for themselves to protect their U-M account.
See Beware of Tax Fraud for more tips, as well as links to resources from the IRS.