News Roundup: Driver’s Licenses to Avoid Identity Theft

Newly married same-sex couples can now take advantage of tax benefits in all 50 states, three states have introduced state EITCs, and some tax filers are being asked for their driver’s license numbers to avoid identity theft.

  • For the 11th time, KeyBank held its annual Super Refund Saturday and helped residents claim over $2 million in tax refunds, with 44 percent coming from the EITC.
  • The Huffington Post describes four tax benefits available to married same-sex couples for the first time, including claiming the EITC.
  • Three states have introduced legislation to enact their own state EITC this year, while advocates in five additional states are calling on their lawmakers to propose similar bills. Read more about how Hawaii’s proposal will reduce toxic stress due to economic hardship, thereby benefiting maternal and child health.
  • Eligible taxpayers can use Free File to file federal returns for free online instead of paying preparation fees.  Free File for state returns is also offered by 20 states plus the District of Columbia.
  • To avoid identity theft, several state tax offices have added another layer of security to the tax filing process by requiring filers to provide their driver’s license number.

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