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Tax service businesses work to prevent identity theft

Tax service businesses work to prevent identity theft. (Source: WALB) Tax service businesses work to prevent identity theft. (Source: WALB)
Liberty Tax (Source: WALB) Liberty Tax (Source: WALB)
Becky Elder (Source: WALB) Becky Elder (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany has one of the highest identity theft rates in the state of Georgia. 

And tax service businesses are working to stop that. 

At Liberty Tax on Oakridge, employees ask for your identification to ensure folks filing their taxes are who they say they are. 

Owner Becky Elder said there are several different facets of identity theft that they experience. 

Those include personal identity theft and the identity theft of children that are not being claimed on tax returns. 

"Our area is hard hit with identity theft, hard hit," said Elder. "A lot of people already have an IP PIN number, and that's where if your identity has been stolen in the past, there's an identification number that you put on your tax return to get it electronically filed with the IRS."

If you have yet to get your tax filed, you need to bring your proof of income, your ID, proof of residency for children, and if you have a small business, any type of expenses with that small business. 

The deadline to file is April 18th. 

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