Today is the first day that people can file their taxes, and the state’s consumer protection agency has a warning about identity theft.
Director Michelle Reinen says scammers can try to file for tax refunds, using another person’s social security number. She says it’s better to file early to protect against that.
She says people can check their status on the state Department of Revenue’s website. Reinen says victims still need to file, but they should contact the state Department of Revenue for a tax ID theft package.
She says 75 percent of the identity theft complaints her department received in 2016 were for tax identity theft.