Benjamin Franklin once said that, “in this world nothing is certain, except death and taxes.”
Yes, folks, tax season is here and you can bet that the tax collectors are coming to get their pound of flesh.
By now, you should have all of the documents you need to prepare your taxes. All you have to do is get it all together, organize it, and start filling out the forms, right? Or maybe you just get it all together and bring it to your local accountant. Either way, be careful!
Tax season can be a pretty dangerous time for all of your personal information. You’ve got social security numbers, bank account numbers, W-2’s, income and investment info….it’s all in one place! It’s together, organized, and waiting for someone to take it! And, unless you really trust your accountant, you could be just giving that information away.
We do our taxes online in the security of our closed network at home. Still, that doesn’t mean that everything is safe. I still make sure that I see the “https://” in the front of the URL. That “s” gives me some assurance that my information is secure. And seriously, make sure that you are shopping around and double checking the sites that you use to do your taxes. How many fees are they taking? Are they telling you everything upfront? It really is worth looking for a service that you completely trust.
Still, like Franklin said, only two things are certain and you have no guarantee that even your most careful safeguards can fully prevent someone from getting hold of your information. That’s why we are so thankful for LifeLock. If someone is crazy enough to try and steal my identity, LifeLock lets me know so that we can put a stop to it before any real damage is done.
We also love getting tips from LifeLock on Facebook and Twitter. It’s a great way to learn more about protecting your personal information and an excellent reminder to actually do it! Also, make sure to check out the LifeLock for Life Sweepstakes for chances to win great prizes all month long.
How are you doing your taxes this year? Online? By mail? Are you doing them yourself or having someone do them for you? Have you already finished your taxes or are you waiting until the last minute? Leave us a comment and let us know!