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IRS & FTC Presents: Scams, Tax-Related Identity Theft & Identity Protection PIN


Cost Free
Presentation Length 1.0 hour

Recorded DateMarch 22, 2023
CPE:Not available
(archived webinars do not offer CPE credits)
Subject AreaTaxes
Course LevelBasic
Course Description

This course aims to help you protect your personal and financial information from identity theft. Attendees will learn about common identity theft scams that target consumers, as well as the tactics used to obtain sensitive information.

The session will cover the IRS Identity Protection Personal Identification Number Program and how it can help safeguard your tax information. Attendees will also discover how to avoid bad return preparers and learn about various resources that can assist in protection from identity theft. This webinar will include a Q&A with the presenters at the end.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify common consumer and tax-related identity theft scams

  • List methods for reporting and recovering from identity theft

  • Recognize how identity thieves trick their victims into providing personal and financial information

  • Describe the IRS Identity Protection Personal Identification Number Program

  • Evaluate how to avoid bad return preparers

  • Name resources to protect yourself from identity thieves

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Kelle Slaughter

Federal Trade Commission
Identity Theft Program Manager

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Kelle Slaughter is the Identity Theft Program Manager for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). She is responsible for creating and implementing the agency’s coordinated strategy to combat, investigate, and help consumers avoid and recover from various forms of identity theft. Not only does she have over 17 years of consumer protection experience, but Kelle also brings a great sense of humor and authentic truth-telling to the table.

Michael Smith

Senior Stakeholder Liaison

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Michael Smith is a Senior Stakeholder Liaison with the Internal Revenue Service. As a Sr. Stakeholder Liaison, he works with all taxpayer communities, including major employers, community associations and tax practitioner organizations to help all taxpayers comply with the tax laws.
Michael became a Senior Stakeholder Liaison in the Communications and Liaison division of the IRS in 2021. Prior to 2021, he held a variety of positions in the Small Business/Self-Employed division of IRS as a Revenue Officer and Collections Manager. He specializes in the areas of employment tax, tax controversy, alternative resolutions and collection actions (lien/levy/seizure).

Michael graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2009. Michael has gained a thorough understanding of IRS policies, procedures, and work processes throughout his 12-year career with IRS.

About Our Presenter

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The Federal Trade Commission is an independent agency of the United States government whose principal mission is the enforcement of civil antitrust law and the promotion of consumer protection. The FTC shares jurisdiction over federal civil antitrust enforcement with the Department of Justice Antitrust Division. Their mission is protecting consumers and competition by preventing anticompetitive, deceptive, and unfair business practices through law enforcement, advocacy, and education without unduly burdening legitimate business activity.