Avoid Tax Fraud by Making a Plan to Get Ahead of the Deadline

March 14, 2013

Avoid tax fraud and kids of id theftWith just a month left before Tax Day, it’s time to decide how you are going to deal with your taxes. If your go-to response to this is to file an extension and not worry about it for another few months, you may want to rethink that with the rising tide of tax return fraud and

identity theft types revolving around taxes filed late. The Equifax finance experts share some great ways to keep yourself safe by filing early, or at least on time, and getting the process over with before you expose yourself to additional risk in the new article, “Five Tips to Jumpstart Filing Your Taxes.”

You can break the cycle of procrastination and exposing yourself to fraud risk with these simple steps:

  • Set a deadline – either call your local professional to set an appointment or buy the tax software today so you are invested in the process. Just like when people make bets on goals, this incentive makes it far more likely you will show up for the appointment or feel inclined to use the software because you are already involved in the process.
  • Make a list – make a list of the documents you will need for your taxes, and then begin to find and organize them. Creating order and a path to success also helps you fight off laziness to actually focus on getting things done.
  • Ask for help if you need it – if you find yourself lost in the process or frustrated, it is more important to get help than to put it off. A tax professional can help you sort out the sometimes confusing language and untangle misunderstandings before they affect your return.

Equifax has extra tips about everything related to personal finance, including

credit scores and retirement and more! Don’t miss a chance to learn more about best practices for your money today.

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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