Tax related identity theft has quickly become one of the most popular and profitable types of identity theft in America. This type of identity theft happens when a criminal uses your Social Security number to get a job or steals your tax refund.
Here are some signs that you may be a victim of Tax Related Identity Theft
- You receive W-2’s from employers you do not recognize.
- More than one tax return was filed in your name.
Some forms of identity theft are crimes of necessity, instigated by illegal aliens who do not have proper documentation to get a job. These criminals obtain employment using stolen IDs and social security numbers. As the employer files their annual taxes they report the identity thief’s income under the stolen social security number. The outcome; the owner of the stolen Social Security number inherits excess tax liability as well as monetary loss.
The most common form of Tax ID Theft is occurs when a criminal uses an unsuspecting consumers social security number to file a tax return before the consumer has a chance to do the same. The criminal then steals the refund out of the victims mailbox or has the refund directly deposited into their account.
Dealing With Tax-Related Identity Theft
If you believe that you may be a victim of Tax Related Identity Theft, fill out an IRS Identity Theft Affidavit (Form 14039) and contact the IRS immediately at the number listed below. IRS account specialists will help you to get your identity theft resolved, tax returns filed, and get you any refund you are due.
IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit
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