Ian Leaf, Tax Expert, Discusses Strategies for Preventing Fraud and Identity Theft at Tax Time
Ian Leaf has outlined the best practices for dealing with the ever-evolving strategies employed by fraudsters and identity thieves throughout the year and during tax season in particular.
Ian Leaf, tax expert who specializes in preventing fraud and identity theft at tax time, has been at the forefront of a movement seeking to inform the public at large of the consequences associated with being victimized by the increasing number of fraudsters who are targeting tax filing season as the focus of their efforts. According to Leaf, the level of sophistication has continued to increase as the IRS and others try to eliminate these fraudulent practices, making it all the more important for those filing their taxes to understand how to implement effective fraud prevention strategies.
“While tax filing season officially begins on January 1, most professionals in the industry abide by the old adage that one tax season begins the moment the previous one ends,” said Ian Leaf. “Unfortunately, it is not just tax professionals abiding by this adage, as the individuals responsible for perpetrating widespread fraud during each tax season are just as busy applying what they have learned during the previous tax season for use in the following season.”
It is precisely because of the tireless efforts of fraudsters that Leaf has taken it upon himself to create and release an annual update of the strategies employed by fraudsters during the previous tax season in order to help tax professionals take steps to prevent their clients from being victimized during the tax season to follow. Leaf offers this update in the form of a series of “tips and tricks” published to his website so that they are easily accessible to anyone who could be potentially targeted by a tax fraudster or an identity thief.
“I always encourage early filing as a preventive strategy because that is often the period in which fraudsters are most active,” said Leaf. “Regardless of the time taxes are filed, however, it is important that other preventive strategies are utilized in order to significantly reduce the likelihood of being victimized by any kind of fraudulent behavior.”
About Ian Leaf
Ian Leaf is an expert tax professional specializing in fraud and identity theft prevention. Leaf is the founder of several businesses aimed at outlining the specific and most effective strategies for the prevention of fraud and identity theft.