When Identity Theft Hits Your Taxes
When someone uses your stolen personal information — your Social Security number, for example — to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund, that's considered tax-related identity theft. How do you know if you've been a victim?
It often starts with a letter from the IRS saying there's a problem with your return. Here are some of the warning signs:
Here are the steps the IRS recommends you take if your Social Security number or other personal information is compromised:
If you previously contacted the IRS and didn't have a resolution, contact the IRS for specialized assistance at 1-800-908-4490. The IRS has teams standing by to help you. Also, if you believe someone has filed a fraudulent return in your name, you can get a copy of the return; visit Instructions for Requesting Copy of Fraudulent Returns at the IRS website.
You should know that the IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry work in coordination as the Security Summit to protect taxpayer data. The Summit's program includes safeguards that identify suspicious returns.
The IRS wants you to know that it never:
Of course, we're here to help you with any IRS matters. If you're concerned about identity theft, or think you've been compromised, give us a call.
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