Frequently Asked Questions

The Ohio Department of Taxation has compiled a list of frequently asked questions covering many different categories.

To view the questions, click on the "Select Category" bar and then click on the category you are interested in.  A list of questions will appear pertaining to that category. Then click on the question you are inquiring about and the answer will appear.

How to protect your child from identity theft?

Child identities may be a sought after commodity for identity thieves because they have minimal or no credit history, no tax filing history, and are unsuspecting victims. Identity thieves may use children’s identities to perpetuate financial fraud (including but not limited to) filing false tax returns without their parent or guardian’s knowledge.

To protect your child, you may want to:

1. Check their credit reports (or lack thereof) annually to ensure they are not identity theft victims. If you have not applied for credit under your child’s name but a credit report already exists for him or her, it is an indication that they may be an identity theft victim.

2. Place a security freeze on their credit at all three major credit bureaus. The security freeze can then be lifted upon request from the parent/guardian or when the child is old enough to open a credit card or obtain a loan.

Equifax           https://www.freeze.equifax.com/Freeze/jsp/SFF_PersonalIDInfo.jsp
                        1-800-525-6285

Experian         https://www.experian.com/freeze/center.html#addFreezeMin 
                        1-888-397-3742

TransUnion     https://www.transunion.com/fraud-victim-resource/protected-consumer 
                        1-800-680-7289

By taking these two steps, you may be able to help protect your child from becoming an identity theft victim and prevent future issues which may arise. 

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