GUEST BLOG: Tips to Protect Your Financial Information When Filing a Tax Return

first_img PSA,  The Blog Over the next few months, Pennsylvanians will file approximately 6.4 million personal income tax returns with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.Nearly 85 percent of those returns will be filed electronically using several options, including the state’s free padirectfile system, commercial software and no cost software for income-eligible Pennsylvanians.E-filing is safe and has advantages over paper returns. The software does the math for you, refunds process faster and you can use direct deposit options. E-filing is also more cost effective for the commonwealth.Whether you are e-filing or not, tax season is a good time to review important steps to protect your personal and financial information from scam artists and identity thieves.Some actions you can take include:Update computer security and encrypt your tax returns and other sensitive data.Use strong passwords with eight or more characters containing a mix of letters, numbers, and special characters. Passwords should vary from other accounts and should never use your name, birthday, or common words.Beware of phishing emails or phone scams pretending to be from your financial institution, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Revenue or other trusted entity. These scams can trick people into revealing their social security or bank account number and other personal, or financial information.Use secure wireless networks when online. It’s easier for criminals to steal information un unsecure Wi-Fi networks. Be sure to encrypt your own wireless network.Know your tax preparer. If someone helps you prepare a tax return, make sure it’s someone you know will be available after the filing deadline date. Do not let any preparer take your refund and then pay you directly.Information about reporting and recovering from identity theft is available from the Federal Trade Commission at If a scammer files a Pennsylvania tax return in your name, contact the Department of Revenue’s Fraud Investigation Unit at 717-772-9297 or by email at [email protected]   SHARE  TWEET February 04, 2017 GUEST BLOG: Tips to Protect Your Financial Information When Filing a Tax Return By: Eileen McNulty, Secretary of Revenue SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

LeBron James shrugs off retirement talk: ‘Me and Tom Brady are one and the same’

first_imgLeBron James insists he has no plans to call time on his NBA career, comparing himself to Patriots great Tom Brady.Prior to the Lakers’ game on Friday night at the Staples Center, the 34-year-old was asked if retirement had crossed his mind. James dismissed the suggestion, likening himself to Brady, who is still going strong at the age of 42 and holds the record for the most Super Bowl wins with six. I’m playing until I can’t dunk anymore! @KingJames— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) November 16, 2019James responded in kind: “Well I’m playing until I can’t throw TD [touchdown] passes anymore!”Well I’m playing until I can’t throw TD passes anymore! @TomBrady— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 16, 2019James was the star of the show for the Lakers on Friday, scoring 29 points and dishing out 11 assists in a 99-97 victory over the Kings. He brought the crowd to its feet in the second quarter with a Dunk of the Year candidate on Kings ​forward Nemanja Bjelica.LEBRON JAMES. WOW.— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) November 16, 2019Looking pretty good for Year 17. Witness 👑— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 16, 2019 “I’m not at the end of my story,” James said to reporters. “No, not really, not the way I feel right now. Me and Tom Brady are one and the same. We’re gonna play until we can’t walk no more.”LeBron says of considering retirement: “Me and Tom Brady are one and the same. We’re gonna play until we can’t walk no more.”He says he wants to play until he physically can’t, or until he mentally is checking out. But says LeBron: “I’m not at the end of my story.”— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) November 15, 2019MORE: LeBron reacts to Carmelo Anthony’s returnFollowing James’ comments, Brady responded from his official Twitter account, tagging the Lakers star.last_img read more