There’s an important consumer event coming up, one that stands to arm the public with information they need to protect their tax returns. Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, hosted by the Federal Trade Commission, will take place from January 30th to February 3rd, 2017.
January marks the time of year when many of us start gathering our necessary paperwork to file our tax returns. Okay, maybe February or March. April? Could be! But when you think about it, your efforts to file this year’s tax return may have actually begun even sooner.
It’s that time of year again, the time when we swear we’re going to go to the gym every day, give up fried foods or desserts, write that novel, run that marathon…or any other lofty New Year’s goal. Wouldn’t it be nice to make a resolution that takes literally no effort whatsoever on your part, but still stands to do you a world of good?
Far too many of us have adopted a daily exercise routine that’s actually bad for our security and possibly even our health. What is this scary weight lifting routine that we use all day long, everywhere we go? Carrying an overstuffed wallet, one that may be filled with more harm than good.
We’ve barely made it through the holidays, but already the end of the year montages and New Year’s resolutions are beginning to surface. Stores have cleared out the tinsel and holly and are packing the shelves with exercise equipment in preparation for all of our best intentions. While that well-meaning promise to go to the gym every single day might be a little out of reach, there are some very realistic resolutions you can make that will be even more beneficial.
Technology has certainly changed the way that a lot of consumers choose to conduct their financial transactions. Debit cards and mobile wallet apps mean not having to carry cash and gift cards let you give someone an open-ended gift without having to drop cash in an envelope. Additionally, online payment methods have made it possible to send money across the country or to the person right next to you just by tapping your smartphone screen.
With the business of the holidays pulling us in several different directions at once, it’s all too easy to push thoughts of identity theft to the backburner. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to minimize your risk of having your identity stolen while developing good habits that can carry over all year long.