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Protect Your Facebook And Twitter Accounts From The IRS

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(CBS Charlotte) — The deadline for filing your taxes is less than a week away. If you’ve waited to the last minute, like many of us have, now is the time to get organized, and by organized I mean…make sure you haven’t posted anything incriminating on your Facebook or Twitter accounts.

Yes, that’s right — it seems that the IRS is rather social media savvy these days, and they may take a peek at your social networking accounts to “check on you.”

So, if you’ve recently gone on a vacation and posted pictures (on Facebook or Twitter) of you lounging by the beach with a special beverage in hand, and plan to write off the trip as a business expense on your taxes — you might want to reconsider.

Don’t have a panic attack just yet though. Unless you have been flagged by the IRS, it is unlikely that they plan to stalk you on Facebook or Twitter. But if you’re worried, you have a few options to protect yourself from those “IRS stalkers.” You can change your privacy settings so that only your Facebook friends and Twitter followers can view your posts. You can also delete any questionable content from your social networking accounts.

The IRS is limited in the amount of snooping they can do. They can only view your public posts, and they are prohibited from using fake accounts or using their personal accounts to snoop at what you’re putting online.

-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte

Twitter: @CBSCharlotte

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