10 Things You Should Shred

It’s almost time for spring cleaning.

While you’re thinking about what needs cleaning in your house, don’t forget to declutter by getting rid of unnecessary documents.

When contemplating this thankless task, a major hang-up, besides time, is determining what you can safely toss. Or better yet, shred, so the documents don’t fall into the wrong hands.

Here are 10 things you can safely shred: 

Identity Theft Tax Fraud is on the Rise

A recent article in the New York Times highlighted the rising incidence of identity theft tax fraud.   The perpetrators use stolen social security numbers to electronically file false tax returns resulting in millions of dollars in undeserved refunds.  They outsmart the IRS by filing a tax return before the legitimate taxpayer and collecting the refund by way of hard-to-trace prepaid debit cards.  This type of fraud costs US taxpayers millions of dollars each year and causes hardship to the victims who must often wait several months to receive their rightful refunds.  The IRS and several st