Stop Tax Identity Theft in Its Tracks

Stop Tax Identity Theft in Its Tracks

Imagine after sending in your annual tax return, you receive a notice from the Internal Revenue Service. The notice says that another return has already been filed using your name and Social Security number claiming a refund. Sound impossible? It can happen if you become one of a growing number of victims of tax return identity theft. According to one estimate, tax-related identity theft cases have soared more than 650% since 2008.

Know the warning signs: Be alert to possible tax-related identity theft if you are contacted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or your tax professional/provider through the mail about:

This crime can lead to a delay in your refund, but the consequences may be much more serious. In addition, you may face a larger problem with identify theft if the scammer is also running up credit card debt or taking out loans in your name.

If your SSN is compromised and you know or suspect you are a victim of tax-related identity theft, the IRS recommends these additional steps:

Report suspicious online or emailed phishing scams to:phishing@irs.gov. For phishing scams by phone, fax or mail, call 1-800-366-4484. Report IRS impersonation scams to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s IRS Impersonation Scams Reporting

For more information visit: https://www.irs.gov/uac/taxpayer-guide-to-identity-theft.

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