- Associated Press - Sunday, November 22, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island’s tax administrator has joined with other officials and tax industry representatives to launch a new effort to encourage people to protect their personal and financial data.

The “Taxes. Security. Together.” campaign is designed to raise awareness that even routine actions online and on personal communications devices can compromise a person’s financial and tax data.

The goal is to combat tax-related identity theft.

Rhode Island Tax Administrator David M. Sullivan says state and federal officials are working with industry representatives to share important information across their websites.

They’re encouraging people to use security software, beware of phishing emails and phone scams, and protect personal information by shredding old tax returns and other sensitive documents.

The campaign includes online videos, tax tips and events. It continues through April.

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