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Tax Payer Identity Theft

In 2012, 43% of identity theft complaints reported to the Federal Trade Commission were specific to tax identity theft.  If you find you too have encountered this problem, the IRS has established the "Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft" and additional resources for you. Suspected victims should contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 800-908-4490 and fill out the IRS Tax ID Theft Affidavit, Form 14039.  

The IRS has said that victims will likely see their refunds delayed for an extended period of time (typically about 180 days) in order to resolve the issue.  The IRS informs that individuals need to continue to file their tax return while an identity theft case is open.  If you experience continued difficulty in resolving the issue, you may also contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service at 877-777-4778.

For more information, please visit the links under the title "Tax ID Theft Resources" on the right sidebar.

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Last modified April 06 2017 01:56 PM

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