The filing deadline for 2020 tax returns has passed, but that won’t slow down thieves. The IRS continues to warn taxpayers to guard their tax and personal information. Tax-related identity theft occurs when stolen data, such as a Social Security number, is used to claim a false refund. To protect yourself and prevent tax crimes, consider tips offered by the IRS. Here are a few: Always use security software with a firewall and anti-virus protection. Choose strong, unique passwords and possibly a password manager. When dealing with the IRS, request an Identity Protection PIN, which is a 6-digit code known only to the taxpayer and the IRS. To learn more: Call or visit our website for more information!