Identity theft is an unfortunate part of the tax industry, and thousands of people fall prey to it every single year. When the IRS receives two returns with the same SSN (Social Security Number), usually the second return is rejected. Usually that second return is the victim. The IRS will send out a notice letting you know that a return has already been processed in your name. If this happens to you, there are a few things you can do to take back control.
Get to Know IRS Form 14039
When you know or suspect that your identity has been stolen and a tax return has been filed in your name, you can fill out IRS form 14039 to let the big guys know that you’ve been tampered with. You will have to provide a few details such as the tax year that is being affected and the last tax return you filed. The government truly has a form for everything, don’t they?
Once you complete the form, mail it to the IRS with a copy of your SSN card and a copy of a second form of identification (usually this is your driver’s license, but other things like a passport or other government issued ID card should suffice). If you got a notice in the mail detailing your rejected return, add that in as well. Information on where to send your forms will be provided on the forms themselves, or you can send your document directly to the IRS:
Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 9039
Andover, MA 01810-0939
A Quicker Method
If the IRS rejects your tax return on account of identity theft, they may send you a form that is referred to as “Letter 5071C” asking that you verify your identity. Along with the letter will come a few different ways for you to ID yourself, and the quickest by far is though the IRS’ on ID Verification Service: https://idverify.irs.gov
This online service will throw some mutliple choice questions your way to make sure your tax return is the true return, and not a fraud. REMEMBER, the IRS only sends this letter through mail, you should NEVER provide such information to anyone over the phone or through email. SCAM ALERT!
Always make sure that you are following the right steps when you think your identity has been stolen. No one want sot go through the hassle of filling out endless forms and questionnaires, do they? Make sure to file with us here at One Stop Tax for a professional service that will take care of you and your tax return, from doc to dollar. Find a location near you today! Can’t find one, then start your own!
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