Itís tax season, and this week I announced tips to help Floridians protect their identities. I encourage Floridians to educate themselves on identity theft and tax-related scams before filing their tax returns.

Here are some tips you can take to avoid identity theft and tax fraud:

Also this week, we urged Target customers to take advantage of one year of free credit monitoring being offered by the retailer in the wake of the massive data breach.For information about how to sign up for the free service click here.