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IRS holds press conference in Cleveland with tips to avoid identity theft this holiday season

Posted at 8:30 AM, Dec 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-05 10:53:36-05

CLEVELAND — To recognize National Tax Security Awareness Week, the Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners are holding a press conference in Cleveland Thursday morning to discuss how to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft during the holiday season.

With the holiday season underway, many people will take to their computers to shop online, sharing sensitive financial information while doing so. The increase of online shoppers also brings an increased threat to online thieves looking to con shoppers into disclosing information that can be used during the upcoming tax season.

National Tax Security Awareness Week, which runs from Dec. 2 through Dec. 6, highlights ways taxpayers can avoid becoming a victim of identity theft.

Representatives from the IRS, Cleveland BBB, U.S. Small Business Administration, Federal Trade Commission and the IRS Criminal Investigations Division will be at the press conference.

The Cleveland meeting is part of a series of more than 25 events across the country working to teach precautionary steps that taxpayers, businesses and tax professionals can take to better protect their personal and financial data.