A New Scam-Prevention Tool

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Elizabeth O'Brien is a senior writer at Money
Imagine going to file your taxes and discovering that someone has beaten you to it. If fraudsters steal your Social Security number and file a tax return in your name, then the IRS will reject your legitimate return as a duplicate. The standard advice to avoid this type of crime is to file your return as early as possible. But what if that’s not feasible? Case in point: my husband and I always file late in the season, since his freelance paperwork is often delayed. Happily, for the first time the IRS is allowing all taxpayers to establish Identity Protection PINs, codes that can be used to verify your identity before you file. Previously, this extra protection had been available only to victims of identity theft. Learn more about the tool in today’s edition.

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An eagle-eyed reader noticed a typo in an outside story featured in Friday’s newsletter. It said that the SECURE Act had raised the age for required minimum distributions to 72 ½ from 70 ½, when in fact the age was raised to 72. (The story had the correct age elsewhere in the piece.) I apologize for any confusion.

Stay tuned for another featured Reader of the Week in this Friday’s edition. And I’m still looking for volunteers, so please let me know if you’re interested in being featured (or want to learn more)!
IRS Announces Tax Relief for Texas Storm Victims
Individuals and households affected by severe winter storms that live or have a business in Texas have until June 15 to file their taxes, the IRS announced Monday. IRS
Homebound Patients Still Wait for Coronavirus Vaccine Despite Seniors’ Priority
If approved, newer vaccines will travel easier than the existing Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, an expert says. KAISER HEALTH NEWS
How to Make This Winter a Little Better
Psychologists share tactics to help stave off the blues. VOX
10 Steps Every Woman Should Take to Protect Her Heart
Heart disease often goes undetected in women. NEXT AVENUE
Elizabeth O'Brien is deputy editor at Money. She has covered retirement and health care for nearly a decade. A Brooklyn resident and mom of two boys, she navigates the alphabet soup of Medicare and the New York City subway system with equal ease. You can email her at elizabeth.obrien@money.com and follow her on Twitter at @elizobrien.

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