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Signs of Tax Related Identity Theft

A typical scam we see regarding tax returns are when a scammer has your personal information and uses it to file a fraudulent tax return where the refunds from the return are directed to the scammer. So then you go to file your actual return and you can’t because the IRS has it in their system that your return has already been filed. One way to stay on top of this is to recognize the signs of this tax scam in case you are a victim, you can take action on it as soon as possible. The IRS recently released their typical signs of a tax return scam:

• You get a letter from the IRS inquiring about a suspicious tax return that you did not file.
• You can’t e-file your tax return because of a duplicate Social Security number.
• You get a tax transcript in the mail that you did not request.
• You get an IRS notice that an online account has been created in your name.
• You get an IRS notice that your existing online account has been accessed or disabled when you took no action.
• You get an IRS notice that you owe additional tax or refund offset, or that you have had collection actions taken against you for a year you did not file a tax return.
• IRS records indicate you received wages or other income from an employer you didn’t work for.

You should contact the IRS immediately if you think you are the victim of identity theft at 1-800-829-1040.

Please consult your tax advisor on all the above information.

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