With tax time fast approaching you may find yourself with piles of statements from your financial institution, your insurance companies and your employers. All of these statements contain sensitive personal information, like your birth date, your account numbers and your Social Security numbers, which are very attractive to identity thieves.
Thieves have no qualms about digging in your trash, recycling bin or mailbox to find this information, which they can use themselves or sell to others who wish to open accounts in your name or use your existing charge accounts.
To prevent this from happening, mail your tax returns one of the following ways:
• Inside your local post office
• In an official dark blue USPS box
• In a residential mailbox that is locked and tamperproof
Feed any papers you're not using through a cross cut shredder. It cuts the paper both horizontally and vertically so it looks like confetti instead of just strips. It's very difficult for a person to piece back together. Tomorrow I will offer additional tax time tips.