The Federal Trade Commission has a long history of educating the public regarding important consumer protection issues.  The FTC continues this tradition with its launch of the Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week.

It is for this reason that the ITRC is  very excited to be co-hosting our next #IDTheftChat with the FTC! Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week runs from January  13-17 2014 and ITRC will be participating in this effort in numerous ways. .  One of these ways is by hosting a special edition #IDTheftChat on Tax Identity Theft.  What is Tax Identity Theft you ask? Tax identity theft happens when someone files a phony tax return using your personal information — like your Social Security number — to get a tax refund from the IRS. It also can happen when someone uses your Social Security number to get a job or claims your child as a dependent on a tax return.

This Identity Theft Twitter Chat will take place at 11:00am PST on January 16th 2014.  The questions that we will be basing our discussion on are:

Q1: What is tax related identity theft?

Q2: How do you know if you’re a victim of tax id theft?

Q3: What should you do if you’re a victim of tax id theft?

Q4: What are some consequences you may suffer from tax identity theft?

Q5: How can you protect yourself from becoming a victim of tax id theft?

Q6: How long should you keep your tax records & how should you properly destroy them?

Government identity theft (which includes tax identity theft) is the most common form of identity theft reported to the FTC. The IRS  states tax identity theft is a top priority and it has hired new staff, explored new technologies, and adopted new procedures to fight it. These are all reasons that makeit vital for organizations like the ITRC  to help create awareness of the issue during this event. In order to participate, users should follow the hashtag #IDTheftChat. Those who would like to participate can RSVP via online invitation.  Anyone is welcome and we hope that we will see consumers, businesses and other organizations alike!

Participants may find it helpful to participate through the #IDTheftChat Twub which can be found at  Anyone who has questions should contact ITRC’s Media Manager at We hope you will join the conversation and bring your friends!

If you found this information helpful, you may want to consider taking part in the Identity Theft Resource Center’s Anyone3 fundraising campaign.  For more information or to donate please visit