ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Because Georgia has such high levels of tax-related identity theft, the Internal Revenue Service is asking taxpayers to take part in a pilot program to protect their financial information.
The IRS recommends all Georgia taxpayers who filed federal returns last year get an Identity Protection PIN before they file their tax returns from now on.
IRS officials say the PIN will add an additional layer of protection from identity theft
"The PIN number will be yours for your safe keeping. In other words you don't want to give it out to anyone. You will include that PIN on your tax return, along with your Social Security number. That way we will be able to identify you," said Mark Green of the I.R.S.
Georgia, Florida and the District of Columbia are taking part in the pilot program.