Identity Theft Fact Sheet

Each January, the IRS publishes a fact sheet for identity theft victims: FS-2016-3, which it has improved by shortening the time for victims to resolve these complex situations.  There now are six recommended steps in the IRS procedures.
  1. File – If you are not able to eFile, file for the year using a paper tax return.
  2. Report – Use IRS Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit, and send it in with your paper tax return.
  3. IRS Response – The Identity Theft Victim Assistance (IDTVA) section of the IRS will respond with a letter.
  4. Scope and Issues – IDTVA will check to see if other years of your returns are suspect. There may be other victims on the fraudulent return filed with your name. IRS will also check to make sure that the returns have accurate names, addresses and Social Security Numbers.
  5. Refunds – After the IRS reviews various issues, it will process a refund, if you are so entitled. The IRS goal is to resolve the case within 120 days.
  6. Future Returns – You will receive an Identity Protection PIN number in a letter from the IRS. You may use this number on your future tax returns.
If the IRS suspects fraud, it will contact you by letter. The letter may ask you to go to idverify.irs.gov to enter information. There also will be a toll-free number to the IRS Taxpayer Protection Program.  Further information from the Federal Trade Commission is available on www.identitytheft.gov. The IRS will not contact you by phone.

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