During tax season, taxpayers often question what tax and financial documents they should shred, discard or keep. Additionally, while cyberattacks pose a major threat, not all attackers are found online. They can sift through trash and recycling bins to hunt for personal information like a name, address and Social Security number and use what they’ve found to file fraudulent tax returns. Shredding personal documents can help prevent personal information getting into the wrong hands.
A free community event will be held March 24 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at two Charleston-area H&R Block locations (5060 Dorchester Rd., Ste. 310 in North Charleston and 1204 N. Main St. in Summerville) in which each participant is allowed one box of personal information to be shredded. It is the perfect opportunity not only for taxpayers to safeguard their own information, but to learn best practices and other ways to protect themselves from tax identity theft. Local H&R Block associates who are committed to protecting their clients’ personal data and helping taxpayers protect their own information will be on hand.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-HR-BLOCK.