Identity Theft and Tax Returns

Identity thieves have been using people’s social  security numbers and personal information to file fraudulent tax returns for the past few years, and it is becoming an increasingly large problem. Statistics show that the IRS investigations of tax-related identity theft is up more than 60% since 2012. If an identity thief beats you to the filing of your tax return, your return will be delayed, sometimes for more than a year which can be devastating to those who were counting on their refund.

 

If you find yourself to be a victim of identity on your tax return we can help you take the necessary steps to resolve the issue. First, you will need to file your return by mail with Form 14039 Identity Theft Affidavit which shows the IRS that you are aware of the problem and are the correct taxpayer. Second, you will want to contact the FTC to file an identity theft report and make sure all of your credit cards are secured. Third, contact your local police department so that they may investigate the matter further.

 

To protect yourself, make sure you keep all of your documents in a secure place, shred all documents when disposing of them, never carry your social security card in your wallet/purse, and beware of any scams asking for your social security number or other sensitive information over the phone.

 

Please feel free to give us a call if you suspect your identity may have been used to fraudulently file a tax return, 314-993-4285

 

Relevant links:

http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft

 

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Tips-for-Taxpayers,-Victims-about-Identity-Theft-and-Tax-Returns-2014

 

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