Protect Yourself from Identity Theft During the Tax SeasonProtect your sensitive information and tax refund with tips from the Tax Department, the NYS Office of Information Technology Services, and the Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, along with the New York State Office of Information Technology Services and the Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection today shared important tips to help New York taxpayers guard against identity theft and prevent tax fraud.
New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Michael Schmidt said, “It’s critical that taxpayers safeguard their personal information. Identify thieves continually adjust their tactics to take advantage of security lapses. We use analytics-driven processing systems to detect and stop fraud as it emerges, but you can also help avoid being victimized by following the guidance below.”
Interim New York State Office of Information Technology Services Chief Information Officer Jeremy M. Goldberg said, “Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, New York State has taken real steps to protect online security by safeguarding personal information, minimizing risk, and preventing New York taxpayers from falling prey to cybercriminals. Tax season brings with it greater risks to individuals and families as scammers and cybercriminals look to exploit online information for deceptive purposes. Use these simple tips to protect your information and stay vigilant against potential tax scams.”
New York State Secretary of State Rossana Rosado said, “Tax season isn’t only a busy time for tax professionals, scammers also kick into high gear targeting taxpayers. It’s critical for all New Yorkers to be vigilant in protecting their sensitive tax information from falling into the wrong hands by following these basic tips.”
Tips to prevent identity theft and fraud
If you’re a victim or believe you may be a victim of tax-related identity theft, alert us immediately. We will track your information to help keep it private and protected. Visit the Tax Department’s Report fraud, scams, and identity theft webpage.
Access more resources from the Office of Information Technology Services NYS Chief Information Security Office webpage.
Please also visit the Division of Consumer Protection’s Taxpayer Scams webpage.
Complete the New York State Data Privacy Consumer Survey
New York State encourages all New Yorkers to complete the New York State Data Privacy Consumer Survey to identify what, if any, concerns they have in carrying out transactions in the digital marketplace today. The survey results will inform New York State policies related to the online marketplace and social media, and may prompt new laws and regulations.