e-filing — January 18, 2018

How e-File Protects your Tax Refund

by Susannah McQuitty

How e-file protects your tax refund

e-Filing your taxes is the most secure way to handle your tax return, and when it comes to your refund, everyone wants to keep that extra money as safe as possible. It’s your money, after all—why risk it falling into someone else’s hands?

Here are some reasons why e-filing is the smart way to file your taxes.

Two-step verification

Every time you sign in to 1040.com, you’re required to use two-step verification. A code will be sent to your email address or phone number, and then you’ll enter that code on the login screen.

Is it a pain? Well, yes. Is it worth it? You bet. Since logging in requires multiple points of identification, a fraudster would need to know much more than your username and password to get in to your account.

Encryption and privacy certification

Concerned about hacking? Rest easy. Every piece of information transmitted from your laptop, phone or tablet to our server is locked down with industry-standard SSL encryption. Our website also meets third-party TRUSTe standards for privacy, so you can be sure that your tax return is in good hands.

Information transmitted from your laptop, phone or tablet is locked down with industry-standard SSL encryption.

Accuracy checks

Now, when it comes to getting your maximum refund, every bit of information counts. While you enter info from tax records and documents, we run mathematical accuracy checks to make sure everything adds up (pun definitely intended).

At the end of the process, we run one more overall test. If anything looks out of place, we’ll point it out, so you can fix it in no time.

The checks protect against typos and box mix-ups, and ensures that your refund amount is correct and gets accepted by the IRS as soon as possible.

No paper trail

According to the IRS, one of the reasons e-filing is more secure is that your information is never in a hard copy version unless you print it out. No hard copy means less chance of someone peeking at your information when you’re not around. With e-file, you don’t have to worry about your tax return getting lost in the mail or snagged along the way.

At 1040.com, keeping your information secure is our top priority. We know you want to keep your refund safe and sound until it arrives in your bank account, and e-filing makes that possible.

Let us know in the comments if you have any questions about e-file security!

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