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How The Equifax Hack Affects Your 2017 Tax Return

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The identity thieves are at it again. Are you surprised?! It is a continuous cycle that seems like it will never end. With today’s technology, it has become easier and easier for your personal information to be compromised. The latest hack is the Equifax hack. To date, it is estimated that it has compromised the personal information of 143 million people. If you’re doing the math, that is almost 45% of the U.S. population! If that number has you worried, you can verify if you were affected or not by visiting https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/ and entering your data.

The Equifax hack could have exposed your name, social security number and date of birth. This information is the perfect formula for an identity thief to file a tax return under your SSN. While you should take the necessary steps to make sure your credit cards have not been affected, I am going to inform you what you need to do to prevent your 2017 tax return from being affected. Identity theft and the tax industry have been on a collision course for the past 3 years. I have written articles and even have done a radio segment on the topic, and I am not surprised that the tax industry has been a main target. There are billions of dollars to be had, and the identity thieves are going for those dollars. Listen to my radio segment to find out more about past and current IRS scams and ways to help protect your identity. http://wuwm.com/post/avoiding-scams-tax-filing-season

If you believe your identity has been compromised from the Equifax hack, there are steps in which you can take to make sure that your 2017 income tax return is not affected. Please give us a call to set up an appointment to get the necessary paperwork filed with the IRS. Taking the steps now will prevent you from having a headache to deal with at tax time. If someone files a tax return under you SSN, it could take MONTHS for you to actually receive your refund.

Call 414-545-1890 or email nhammernik@hammernikassoc.com and let us know that you want IRS identity protection. You do not have to be a current client for us to help you get this situation taken care of. Normally, this service costs $175, but because of this unfortunate hack, we are offering a promotion for $99. Give yourself the peace of mind that your tax return WILL NOT be filed by a criminal. This is a limited time offer until the end of September, act fast as demand will be high with over 40% of the Milwaukee and Wisconsin taxpayers being affected.

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