It’s Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week – a terrific time to get up to date on protecting yourself from identity thieves who try to claim your tax refund and imposters who pretend they’re from the IRS to get your money.
Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number (SSN) to get a tax refund or a job. You might find out it’s happened when you get a letter from the IRS saying that more than one tax return was filed with your SSN, or IRS records show you earned income from an employer you don’t know. Or, the IRS may reject your efiled tax return as a duplicate filing.
Want to learn more? Come to one of the two telephone town hall meetings happening on Thursday, January 31 – one at 10 a.m. ET and another at 1 p.m. ET. Experts from the FTC, AARP, and the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration will talk about tax identity theft and more. Register here so you can call in with questions.
Meanwhile, to help fight tax identity theft:
- File your return as early in the tax season as you can.
- Use a secure internet connection if you file electronically, or mail your tax return from the post office.
- And visit Tax-Related Identity Theft to learn more.
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He can go to www.IdentityTheft.gov to report the theft to the FTC and IRS.
When he is on the www.IdentityTheft.gov site, he can complete the IRS Identity Theft Affidavit (IRS Form 14039) and submit it to the IRS online so that the IRS can start working on his case.
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You can report identity theft to the FTC and the IRS at www.IdentityTheft.gov.
Use the website to create an identity theft report. The website has sample letters and forms you can use to tell credit reporting companies and businesses about the theft.
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