How Equifax hackers could file taxes in your name and get a refund from the IRS

Here’s a good reason to file your taxes early this year.

The data breach at credit bureau Equifax that may have affected 143 million U.S. adults could have lasting effects — including at tax time.

If hackers gained access to the information on consumers’ credit reports, including their Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and driver’s license numbers, they can open credit accounts in consumers’ names, security experts have said.

But they can also use that information to steal your identity, file taxes and get a refund from the IRS.

To help prevent that possibility, the Federal Trade Commission on Friday warned consumers to file their taxes early — “as soon as you have the tax information you need, before a scammer can.

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