Transcript for IRS makes small change to thwart thieves this tax season
Next tonight here, your money, and tax season kicking off today. The new tax laws won't effect your return until next year, but there is a new code on your w-2 this year that could protect your money, why you want to pay attention. And here's ABC's chief business correspondent Rebecca Jarvis tonight. Reporter: Tonight, tax season now in full swing. This is busy season now, you're open for the rush. Open for the rush, come on in. We're here to help you. Reporter: 155 million returns expected to be filed this year. About 70% of Americans should get something back, according to the irs. The average refund last year, $2,895. But in the bake of last year's E equidata breach, which compromised sensitive information of 145 million Americans, a warning from the irs. Scammers are on the rise, ready to snag that check before you can. The thieves love to file early. That's what they do. All they need is your social security number, date of birth and your name to file a tax return. Reporter: This year's biggest change, more many filers will find a unique verification code in box nine of that w-2 on their tax returns. Plus, avoid some of the simplest mistakes that can trip you up, like using the wrong social security number. And the irs says most filers will get their refund in less than 21 days. There's even now a website and an app where you can monitor the status. You can find those at irs.gov. Rebecca, thank you.
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