4. Taxpayers are now eligible for the new identity theft protection program
In 2019, the Internal Revenue Service launched Identity Theft Central to provide guidance on how to protect your identity and data during tax filing season. In addition, they’ve actually created an opt-in program letting those who pay taxes receive an Identity Protection (IP) PIN, a six-digit number adding an extra layer of protection to their Social Security numbers.
Residents of nineteen states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas or Washington) and the District of Columbia who filed a federal return in 2019 are eligible this year.