All taxpayers, business owners, and tax preparers should be aware of identity theft scams by people pretending to be IRS representatives through phone calls, text messages, or email communications. Tax related identity theft occurs when someone uses your Social Security Number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund before you do. Here are some tips to protect you from tax related identity theft.
When I was in high school, I was unsure what my future would hold. I did not have a definite plan going into college, but initially thought about majoring in Pharmacy. During my senior year of high school, I was excited to learn I was selected as a 2010 Hills Bank Leadership Grant recipient. Our first meeting was held the fall of 2009. I was introduced to the other recipients in the area. During the first sessions, we learned about leadership and developed our own definitions of leadership. By January 2010, we were focusing on taking initiative in the community through the activities we participated in. By our final meeting, which was in April of 2010, all of the recipients felt that they had gained friendships, a better understanding of leadership, and better preparation for our first year of college. To this day, I still am in contact with other Leadership Grant recipients.