TAX IDENTITY SHIELD®


Unique Tax Identity Theft Support.

We created Tax Identity Shield® as a tool to help better protect those concerned about identity theft and tax fraud. Clients who filed in an H&R Block tax office can purchase a one-year Tax Identity Shield® membership online through MyBlock for a one-time fee of $30. You may cancel within 7 days after signing up for the product to receive a full refund.Disclaimer number101Scroll to bottom of page

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Why Take Action Against Tax Fraud?


Tax Fraud: Easy For The Thief, Stressful For The Victim

While tax fraud (also called "tax identity theft") is easy for the thief, it’s a stressful, lengthy ordeal for the victim. The unfortunate reality is that tax fraud is more common than you’d like to think. Tax identity theft targets anyone with a name, birthdate, and social security number - and once an identity is breached, it’s unlikely to ever be contained again. The last thing a taxpayer looks forward to is that stress, more paperwork, and multiple interactions with the IRS. For many, the biggest inconvenience of tax identity theft is a refund delay that can go on for 6 months, sometimes longer.

Here's What Tax Identity Theft Looks Like


What Tax Identity Shield® Can Help You Do About It.


We can all agree that filing taxes shouldn't come with these security hazards and "what ifs" – the process should be straightforward, efficient, and safe. Tax Identity Shield® partners with Equifax® to give you tools to help better protect you from tax identity theft. Here's what else you can expect:

Assistance Requesting Additional IRS Tax Identity Theft Protections

These include an Identity Protection PIN and Identity Theft Indicator, Disclaimer number 96. Scroll to bottom of page. to help better protect against thieves filing a fraudulent tax return using your information (subject to eligibility).

Easy Access to Equifax® Credit Score & Credit Report

For the primary taxpayer, access your Equifax® Credit Score and Credit Report. Disclaimer number 98. Scroll to bottom of page.

Detection & Tax e-File Notification

Notification if your information was used to e-file a tax return through H&R Block systems.

Tax Identity Restoration Assistance

Access to tax identity restoration assistance to help restore your tax identity if necessary. Disclaimer number 97. Scroll to bottom of page. That's right – in the event of tax fraud, you can count on us to help you fix it.

Tax Identity Theft Risk Assessment

A tax identity theft risk assessment based on a scan of millions of data points to determine if your information may be vulnerable. Disclaimer number103. Scroll to bottom of page.

Information on Latest Scams and Threats

Current information on what you need to know to reduce your risk of becoming a tax fraud victim.

What You Need to Know About Your Credit Score:

The Equifax® Credit Score is based on the Equifax Credit Score model. Third parties use many different types of credit scores and will not use the Equifax Credit Score to assess your creditworthiness.

Frequently Asked Questions Tax Identity Theft

Q What is tax identity theft? plus-img
A Tax identity theft occurs when a thief uses your information to file a fraudulent tax return to steal money from the IRS. Tax Identity Theft is a relatively easy crime to commit; all a thief needs to file a fraudulent tax return is your name, birth date and social security number.
Q How do criminals get your information? plus-img
A Criminals obtain personal information from a lost/stolen purse or wallet, unsecured mail or documents in the home, phishing schemes (phone or email), obtaining access to personal information via banks, bills, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, schools, government offices, etc.
Q What can happen if you become a victim of tax identity theft? plus-img
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  • Resolution can take several months or even years, resulting in significant delays in receiving your tax refund or filing the return.
  • Resolution may require substantial paperwork and long interactions with appropriate authorities.
  • You may be responsible for proving that the return is fraudulent and income documents are fake.
  • Your information may be at risk for other forms of identity theft.
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Tax identity theft support starts here, and we make it simple.


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Get a discount on the Tax Identity Shield® with the purchase of Peace of Mind® after completing your 2016 tax return.

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