Howard County to host tax ID theft forum Jan. 14

As the start of tax season approaches, Howard County's Department of Citizen Services is holding a free Tax Identity Theft Forum to teach residents how to prevent and respond to identity theft.

The forum is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the North Laurel Community Center.

"While many of us have heard about ID theft in general, we don't necessarily think about the numerous ways that ID theft can occur," Lois Mikkila, director of Citizen Services, said in a statement.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, personal information theft from tax filings is the fastest growing type of ID theft, and Maryland ranks #5 in the incidents of tax ID theft reported, Mikkila said.

The forum is one of several hosted nationwide by the Federal Trade Commission. U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein and Maryland state Del. Susan Lee will speak. The event will also feature a panel of experts from the FTC, Internal Revenue Service, AARP and Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, among others.

For more information, call 410-313-6420 or visit

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