We have had some of our Clients subject to Identity Theft – don’t let it happen to you. Here are some helpful points on Identity Theft:
Protect your Records: Do not carry your Social Security card or other documents with your SSN on them. Only provide your SSN if it’s necessary and you know the person requesting it.
- Protect your personal information at home and on your computer
- Protect your computers with anti-spam and anti-virus software
- Keep your computer secure
- Avoid phishing and malware
- Routinely change passwords for internet accounts
Don’t Fall for Scams: The IRS will not call or email you to demand immediate payment, nor will it call about taxes owed without first mailing you a bill. Beware of threatening phone calls from someone claiming to be from the IRS. If you have no reason to believe you owe taxes, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1-800-366-4484.
Report ID Theft to Law Enforcement and the Credit Bureaus: If your SSN was compromised and you think you may be the victim of tax-related Identity Theft, file a police report. You can also file a report with the Federal Trade Commission using the FTC Complaint Assistant. It’s also important to contact the credit bureaus so they can place a freeze on your account.
Complete an IRS Form 14039 Identity Theft Affidavit: Once you’ve filed a police report, file an IRS Form 14039 Identity Theft Affidavit. Once a taxpayer reports to the IRS they are a victim of ID theft or the IRS identifies a taxpayer as being a victim, they will be issued an IP PIN. The IP PIN is a unique six-digit number that a victim of ID theft uses to file a tax return and answer and IRS notices accordingly.
Report Suspicious Activity: If you suspect or know of an individual or business that is committing tax fraud, you can visit IRS.gov and follow the chart on How do you Report Suspected Tax Fraud Activity?
If you think you may be a victim of Identity Theft refer to Identity Theft Information for Taxpayers.
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