Tax season has officially started and identity theft — particularly tax refund fraud­ — continues to rise, threatening your clients and yourself.

Identity theft has topped the list of consumer complaints reported to the FTC for the past several years. And now, tax-related identity theft is the number one type of identity theft reported, putting individuals with an annual household income of $75,000 or more at the highest risk, according to a 2014 study by U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.

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