Happy New Year! If you’re among the many Americans making a financial resolution in 2017, you’re on to something. Those who made financial resolutions at the start of 2016 were more optimistic, debt-free and financially secure than those who didn’t, according to Fidelity’s 8th Annual Financial Resolutions Study. While most people resolve to save more, pay down debt and spend less, here’s another wise move: File your taxes early—to fight income tax fraud.
By Jean Chatzky, Personal Finance Expert and LifeLock Educational Advisor
We’re headed into the peak of this year’s summer travel season – a season that has already been a doozy. Perhaps worn out from the polar vortex, a TripAdvisor survey showed that nearly 9 in 10 respondents were planning to get away this summer. That’s up 6 percent from last year.
But the more you’re on the road, the more likely you are to be a victim of identity theft. According to new commissioned research conducted in April/May 2014 by Forrester Research for LifeLock, people who traveled for work within the last 12 months are 44% more likely than the rest of the population to have been victims of identity theft.