Be cautious when choosing a tax preparer

Some dishonest tax preparers may target unsuspecting taxpayers to steal their refund or personal and financial data. That company or person will have exclusive access to personally identifiable information (PII). If you use a tax preparer, ensure that the preparer signs your form with their preparer tax identification number (PTIN). Also, prior to tax filing, ask your tax preparation service if they have checked for any potential malware issues.