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Identity Theft: What to Do if Someone Has Already Filed Taxes Using Your Social Security Number
If someone uses your information to file a fraudulent tax return, he or she is looking to get your tax refund. You'll want to work with the IRS as soon as you discover the identity theft to ensure that your actual return is processed as quickly as possible. Read more…

Tax Time Scams You Should Avoid
Whether it's phishing, identity theft, or hidden fees, tax season can bring out the scammers in full force. Learn how to protect yourself from the most common tax scams. Read more…

Tips for Handling Identity Verification Requests From the IRS
In response to the increasing tax-related identity theft problem, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is monitoring tax returns for signs of fraudulent activity. The most frequent scam is when thieves use a person’s name and Social Security number to file a fraudulent return and steal a tax refund. When the IRS suspects a return is fraudulent, the agency will request identity verification from the person whose name and address is listed on the return. Here's how to handle these requests. Read more…

What Is Stolen Identity Refund Fraud?
A tax refund is as much an asset as a diamond ring, and just as some thieves target jewelry stores, others specialize in stealing taxpayers' identities in order to create fake tax returns that provide large refunds. The IRS is on the lookout for this kind of stolen identity refund fraud (SIRF), but you should be vigilant, too. Read more…

Guide to IRS Form 14039: Identity Theft Affidavit
If you find yourself a victim of identity theft or find yourself at risk of having your identity stolen, you can alert the IRS about your situation with Form 14039 Identity Theft Affidavit. Read more…


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