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Tax season is here, and identity theft may run rampant

Every year around March and April, we begin to hear and see advertisements about the impending tax day, encouraging us to act early and quickly in filing our taxes to receive our deserved tax returns. Taxes are often a very complex issue for many people, which is why certain institutions provide tax filing services for a fee. Unfortunately, some people still struggle with their taxes, and this confusion can complicate matters further.

Identity theft is a justifiably serious issue in Louisiana, and indeed all across the country. Few things are more shocking and frightening than learning that someone is using your name and private information to make exorbitant purchases or recover money that belongs to you. When people start to file their taxes and take stock of all of their financial information, they sometimes start to wonder where some of their money has gone, and they may worry that they have been the victims of identity theft.

Not all identity theft accusations are true, but that does not stop law enforcement officials from investigating the reports that seem legitimate. Depending on the circumstances, you may find yourself accused of identity theft that you did not commit. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or simply having suspicious looking history on your internet browser can make you a prime suspect in an identity theft case.

If you have been accused of a white collar crime such as fraud or identity theft, it is in your best interests to meet with an attorney as soon as possible. Ideally, you will consult legal representation before you even speak with the police, but this is not always possible. In order to best defend yourself, you should find an attorney who is familiar with white collar crime defense and discuss your situation with that attorney. This can help you establish a defense case to avoid being convicted of a crime you did not commit.

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