If you get a notification from the IRS or the Social Security Administration (SSA) advising you that you might be a victim of tax-related identity (ID) theft-there’s help at the IRS.
You may find out you’re a victim of tax-related ID theft when you try to file your tax return or start getting IRS notices about your tax account. These are the most common indicators:
• You try to file your tax return electronically, but the IRS rejects your return because it has already received another return using your Social Security Number (SSN) or ITIN;
• You receive an IRS notice showing you received wages from somewhere you never worked;
• You receive an IRS letter indicating one or more tax returns have been filed using your SSN or ITIN that you did not file.
Or you may receive a notice from the SSA stating benefits will be reduced or stopped based on IRS records indicating you received wages or other income from an employer for whom you did not work.
There are several steps you may need to take. The right ones for you are based on what’s happening with your tax account.
The IRS’s Identity Theft Get Help page will walk you through the steps you need to take for each of the common indicators above and others too.
For more info, see https://www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/news/tas-tax-tip-how-to-handle-a-notification-of-tax-related-identity-theft/
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