May 9, 2022 - Douglas Myser

IRS on identity theft protection. At the IRS Website, IRS.GOV, you may find helpful information on how to address Identity Theft and what to do to protect yourself. Tax related identity theft occurs when someone uses a taxpayer's stolen Social Security Number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. In the vast majority of tax related identity theft cases, the IRS identifies a suspicious tax return and pulls the suspicious return for review. The IRS then sends a letter to the taxpayer and won't process the tax return until the taxpayer responds. Depending on the situation, the taxpayer will receive one of three letters asking them to clarify their identity. Letter 5071C, asks them to use an online tool to verify their identity and tell the IRS if they filed the return in question. Letter 4883C, asks the taxpayer to call the IRS to verify their identity and tell the IRS if they filed the return. For those who have been a victim of a data breach, they may receive Letter 5747C and be asked to verify their identity in person at a Taxpayer Assistance Center. IRS on identity theft protection.

If a taxpayer hasn't heard from the IRS but suspects tax related identity theft, they should complete and submit a Form 14039, identity theft affidavit. Signs for identity theft include: A taxpayer can't e-file their tax return because a duplicate tax return was filed using their Social Security number. A taxpayer can't e-file because a dependent's Social Security number or ITIN was already used by someone on another return without the taxpayer's knowledge or permission. A taxpayer receives a tax transcript in the mail they did not request.

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