Is Tax Identity Theft a Threat for You?
Most taxpayers successfully filed their returns this year. But if you receive an IRS notice that someone has already filed using your information, you could be a victim of identity theft. If so, take the following steps as quickly as possible:
• Notify your local police department and file the necessary paperwork.
• Call the Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 1-800-908-4490.
• Fill out a Form 14039 affidavit.
• Apply for assistance from the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS).
• File a report with the FTC by calling 1-877-438-4338 or go to FTC Identity Theft
• Check your credit reports with TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax for any unusual activity.
Remember if your identity has been stolen, be proactive and persistent. The problem can be corrected.