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Beware of Tax Time ID Theft

Just when you thought that you’ve done all that was needed to file your taxes this year…you get an URGENT email from the IRS that something is wrong and you must reply right away. Don’t!

Phishing emails and text messages are the preferred forms of communication for a variety of recent tax time scams. While they may appear to come from the IRS, they are actually designed by scammers to:

  • Lure you into clicking on malicious links that install malware capable of stealing the personal information on your computer, smartphone or tablet
  • Have you provide “missing” personal information, such as your social security number
  • Pay them via a wire transfer or preloaded debit card with a threat of arrest if you do not comply

Scammers and thieves know that we have been “trained” to fear the IRS and they prey on our emotions. Over the years, many taxpayers have encountered individuals impersonating IRS officials – in person, over the telephone and via email.

What you should know…the IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media about a tax bill/refund or to request personal or financial information.This includes requests for PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.In fact, the IRS initiates most contacts through regular mail or “notices” delivered by the United States Postal Service.

  • Forward an unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS, or an IRS-related component like the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.
  • Report phone scams to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

While the IRS has instituted new programs and resources to try and prevent tax ID theft, they warn that crooks continue to find new, more sophisticated ways to capitalize on our money. That’s why they have a comprehensive list of information about tax-time identity theft and helpful links at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Identity-Protection.

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The New Year is here and that means it’s time for Resolutions—taking time to reflect on where you are and where you want to be in the future. Even though you just got back from Winter Break and are already stressed about lesson planning, grading, writing college recommendation letters and dealing with the way Snow Days are messing up your schedule, you are just about half way through the year and need to start thinking about Spring Break and your plans for the summer. No matter what you’re trying to figure out, NEAMB.com has you covered.

  • The Holidays mean shopping—shopping for gifts, for meals when entertaining, and for travel. The problem is, now you have to pay the bills. Are you trying to figure out whether you should pay off your debt or invest in your savings? Or maybe you aren’t sure of the best way to consolidate your debt. We have resources, calculators and everything you need to know at www.neamb.com/finance.
  • Did you make a New Year’s resolution to travel more? Not only do we have deals on cruises and other beach vacations, but our website has a quiz to help you find your dream trip for 2020. After you take the quiz, you can enter to win our Dream Vacation Sweepstakes! Learn more at www.neamb.com/travel.
  • Did you graduate last spring and now you’re worried about your student loan payments kicking in? We can help you learn how to lower your monthly payments and even how to qualify for student loan forgiveness—just go to www.neamb.com/studentloans
  • Protecting yourself and your family is so important that we have a new section of our website dedicated to helping you figure out how. Learn more through articles such as Moments that Matter and Five Money Mistakes to Avoid. Don’t forget to make sure your life insurance beneficiary information is up-to-date at www.neamb.com/protect.
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FEATURED BENEFITS FROM NEAMB.COM

Fall is here and you’ve finally begun to settle into a routine at work and home, but you’re also noticing some kids are starting to act up and maybe you’ve even noticed you’re struggling to maintain momentum. Between lesson-planning, grading and parent teacher conferences, you may be feeling a bit maxed out- but the Holidays will be here before you even notice. Whether you’re looking for ways to start prepping for holiday travel and shopping, or you need tips on retirement planning before Open Enrollment ends, NEAMB.com has tips and advice that will help you make it to Winter Break.

  • Protecting yourself and your family is so important we have a new section of our site dedicated to helping you figure out how. Learn how to protect the Moments that Matter, myths about life insurance, and more resources to make sure everyone is taken care of.  www.neamb.com/protect
  • If you’re planning to save time and money by doing holiday shopping online, make sure to find out more about how to do so safely. During National Cybersecurity Month we’re going to have the information you need to know to make sure you are safe and secure online. Find all this and more at www.neamb.com/finance
  • Already thinking about Winter Break? We have the breakdown about what’s new at America’s Theme Parks, as well as incredible deals on cruises for National Plan A Cruise Month. We also have tips and tricks on how to plan hassle-free holiday travel planning. Go to www.neamb.com/travel
  • Winter is coming- make sure your car is ready by checking out our Car Care Checklist. We also have information on the NEA Auto Buying Program, just in time for the end of the model year so that you can get the best possible deal out there. www.neamb.com/car
  • Open Enrollment Season is about to end- have you made sure you’re saving everything you need so that you’re able to enjoy your retirement when that time comes? Run the numbers on our Retirement calculators and read more about how to boost your savings by investing outside of your pension. www.neamb.com/retirement
  • Don’t forget about the Life Insurance Awareness Month Sweepstakes for a chance to win up to $500! Contest ends October 15! www.mynealife.com
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NEA Member Benefits is offering NEA members a chance to win $5,000 cash! It’s NEA MB’s way of rewarding you for your dedication and helping you further your own educational pursuits.

Now through August 31, 2019, enter each month at www.neamb.com.

If you’re the lucky $5,000 winner, you could choose to fund professional development courses for yourself, cover some of your expenses toward National Board Certification, or even help family members with their college tuition!

To enter, visit www.neamb.com or call the NEA Member Service Center at 1-800-637-4636.

From the IEA President

"IEA Member Benefits program provides education professionals with savings, discounts, products and services to enrich their professional and personal lives. This is an amazing program and an added benefit to being a member of the Idaho Education Association."

Layne McInelly
President
Idaho Education Association

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