ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW) – According to a report by the IRS, 81% of taxpayers filed their taxes online this year.
That's up four percent from 2011.
But filing taxes online, at least when it's not done properly, can leave you susceptible to fraud.
Tammy Becker, the owner of Becker Tax & Bookkeeping, says that's why it's important to file through a trusted, secure web site.
To find one, Becker recommends choosing a web site listed on the IRS web site: www.irs.gov.
"There's so much fraud out there, and you don't want to just go into some email you've received and assume, ‘Oh, I can file for free using this site,'" Becker says.
"That could be a fishing scheme where someone's just trying to get your information so they can steal your identity," she says.
Becker says one way someone else can file taxes on your behalf is through obtaining your social security number.
She says that's why it's not advisable to carry a social security card with you.
Once someone else files taxes with your identity, it can be a long, timely process trying to obtain your returns.
"In the past, people who've been the victims of identity theft, it's taken them more than a year to get their actual refund," Becker says. "Because the IRS takes all those cases and sets them aside and doesn't deal with them until after the tax season is over."
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