I’ve written several blogs over the years about scams involving fraudulent tax returns.  One of the most common happens when a thieve steals someone’s Social Security Number (SSN), files a fraudulent tax return using the stolen SSN and gets a refund electronically.  The taxpayer whose SSN was stolen learns of her victimization when she files her return in her name and hears back from the IRS that someone has already filed a return with the same SSN.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is hosting a week of activities from January 26th through the 30th devoted to educating consumers about the threat posed by tax identity theft.  They are partnering with several other organizations including AARP and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

There will be three webinars offered with the first on January 27th from 2 to 3:30 p.m..  The AARP and TIGTA will be participating in this webinar titled “Tax Identity Theft and IRS Imposter Scams.”

Information about the week of events and the webinars can be found at: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov.  That site provides details for accessing the January 27th webinar as well as providing links to background and informational materials.  FTC tax identity theft  materials can also be found at: ftc.gov/taxidtheft.

The FTC’s week of events is very timely as it comes at the start of the tax season.  It’s worth consumers time to take a few minutes to look at the site and see which webinar, and what materials, interest them.