FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 10, 2017
Schmitt Encourages Missourians to File Taxes Early to Combat Identity Theft
State Treasurer Eric Schmitt is encouraging Missourians to file their taxes early this year to combat identity theft in light of a report that the IRS has received 5.7 million fewer individual returns than at a comparable point last year.
The most common type of tax fraud entails scammers filing a tax return using someone else’s personal information. The quicker a taxpayer’s return is filed, the smaller the window of opportunity is for fraudsters to file a return in their name.
“Tax identity fraud is the single fastest growing type of identity theft,” said Schmitt. “Getting taxes filed early is an easy step everyone can take to significantly decrease their chance of becoming a victim.”
Missouri taxpayers who suspect their tax refund has been compromised should report the incident to the Missouri Department of Revenue by completing an Identity Theft Declaration and sending a scanned copy of the form to the Department at email@example.com.
This year’s tax deadline is Tuesday, April 18th. For more information on how to file taxes, visit irs.gov/filing.