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Identity Theft

Received a IRS Notice

Asked Thursday, February 07, 2013 by an anonymous user
If you receive a notice from IRS and you suspect your identity has been used fraudulently, respond immediately by calling the number on the notice.
If you did not receive a notice but believe you’ve been the victim of identity theft, contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 800-908-4490, extension 245 right away so we can take steps to secure your tax account and match your SSN or ITIN.
Also, fill out the IRS Identity Theft Affidavit, Form 14039. Please write legibly and follow the directions on the back of the form that relate to your specific circumstances.
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Contacting Agencies other than IRS

Asked Thursday, February 07, 2013 by an anonymous user
In addition to contacting the IRS, you should take additional steps with agencies outside the IRS:
Report incidents of identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission at www.consumer.ftc.gov or the FTC Identity Theft hotline at 877-438-4338 or TTY 866-653-4261.
File a report with the local police.
Contact the fraud departments of the three major credit bureaus:Equifax – www.equifax.com, 800-525-6285, Experian – www.experian.com, 888-397-3742, TransUnion – www.transunion.com, 800-680-7289Br> •Close any accounts that have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.
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IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit

Asked Thursday, February 07, 2013 by an anonymous user
For victims of identity theft who have previously been in contact with the IRS and have not achieved a resolution to their case, they can contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit, toll-free, at 800-908-4490.
If victims can’t get their issue resolved and are experiencing financial difficulties, contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service toll-free at 877-777-4778.
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Taxpayer Advocate Service

Asked Thursday, February 07, 2013 by an anonymous user
For victims of identity theft who have previously been in contact with the IRS and have not achieved a resolution to their case, they can contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service toll-free at 877-777-4778.
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Tips to protect you from becoming a victim of identity theft

Asked Thursday, February 07, 2013 by an anonymous user
Don’t carry your Social Security card or any documents with your SSN or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) on it.
Don’t give a business your SSN or ITIN just because they ask. Give it only when required.
Protect your financial information. Check your credit report every 12 months.
Secure personal information in your home.
Protect your personal computers by using firewalls, anti-spam/virus software, update security patches and change passwords for Internet accounts.
Don’t give personal information over the phone, through the mail or on the Internet unless you have initiated the contact or you are sure you know who you are dealing with.
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Lost or stolen purse or wallet

Asked Thursday, February 07, 2013 by an anonymous user
If your tax records are not currently affected by identity theft, but you believe you may be at risk due to a lost or stolen purse or wallet, questionable credit card activity or credit report, contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 800-908-4490, extension 245 (Mon. - Fri., 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. local time; Alaska & Hawaii follow Pacific Time).
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Identity Protection Personal Identification Numbers

Asked Thursday, February 07, 2013 by an anonymous user
The IRS has expanded the number of Identity Protection Personal Identification Numbers (IP PINs) being issued to Identity Theft victims. The IP PIN is a unique identifier (6 numbers) that shows that a particular taxpayer is the rightful filer of the return.
In 2015, the IRS has issued IP PINs to more than 600,000 taxpayers who have been victimized by identity theft. That’s more than twice as many as the previous year.
The IP PIN will allow these individuals to avoid delays in filing returns and receiving refunds.
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What is identity theft?

Asked Thursday, February 07, 2013 by an anonymous user
Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information such as your name, Social Security number (SSN) or other identifying information, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes.
Usually, an identity thief uses a legitimate taxpayer’s identity to fraudulently file a tax return and claim a refund. Generally, the identity thief will use a stolen SSN to file a forged tax return and attempt to get a fraudulent refund early in the filing season.
You may be unaware that this has happened until you file your return later in the filing season and discover that two returns have been filed using the same SSN.
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