The federal and state tax filing deadline this year is May 17.

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(Indianapolis, Ind.) – As taxpayers continue to file their 2020 tax returns, State Reps. Randy Lyness (R-West Harrison) and Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) are urging Hoosiers to be on the lookout for identity thieves and scammers.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, COVID-19 led to a 225% increase in the number of identity theft complaints from 2019 to 2020, raising the total to 89,390. The FTC also received more than 2.2 million reports of fraud and nearly $3.3 billion in losses in 2020.

“Hoosiers should be on the lookout for scammers who are trying to steal for their personal gain,” Lyness said. “Take extra steps to protect yourself and your information, and make sure to seek out a reputable tax professional if you need assistance filing.”

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