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An Identity Protection PIN helps shield taxpayers from tax-related identity theft

Identity Protection PINs stop identity thieves from filing fraudulent tax returns. Taxpayers who participate in this program are assigned a six-digit number that they use to prove their identity when they file their federal tax return. The IRS’s Identity...

  • June 1, 2023

The IRS alerts taxpayers of suspected identity theft by letter

Scammers sometimes use stolen Social Security numbers to file fraudulent tax returns and collect refunds. To prevent this, the IRS scans every tax return for signs of fraud. If the system finds a suspicious tax return, the IRS reviews...

  • May 31, 2023

Security Summit: Identity Protection PINs provide an important defense against tax-related identity theft

WASHINGTON – The Security Summit partners today encouraged tax professionals to increase their efforts to inform clients about the IRS Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program to help protect people against tax-related identity theft. The IP PIN serves as a...

  • August 9, 2022

What taxpayers should do if they get an identity theft letter from the IRS

When a thief steals someone’s Social Security number, they can use it to file a fraudulent tax return. This is tax-related identity theft. The IRS scans tax returns for possible fraud. If a tax return is flagged as suspicious,...

  • April 15, 2022

Identity stolen? Request an Identity Protection PIN from the IRS

IR-2022-78, April 11, 2022 WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded all taxpayers – particularly those who are identity theft victims – of an important step they should take to protect themselves from tax fraud. Some identity thieves...

  • April 13, 2022

IRS offers guidance to taxpayers on identity theft involving unemployment benefits

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today urged taxpayers who receive Forms 1099-G for unemployment benefits they did not actually get because of identity theft to contact their appropriate state agency for a corrected form. States issue Forms 1099-G...

  • January 29, 2021

Five steps taxpayers can take now to protect against identity theft

All taxpayers should make sure they’re doing everything they can to prevent a thief from stealing their identity. Tax-related ID theft occurs when someone uses a taxpayer’s stolen personal information to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund....

  • March 4, 2020

IRS launches Identity Theft Central

Focuses on needs of taxpayers, tax professionals and businesses IR-2020-27 WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today launched Identity Theft Central, designed to improve online access to information on identity theft and data security protection for taxpayers, tax professionals...

  • February 12, 2020

Avoid Identity Theft; Learn How to Recognize Phishing Scams

Simply ask for it. That’s the easiest way for an identity thief to steal your personal information. Each day, people fall victim to phishing scams through emails, texts or phone calls and mistakenly turn over important data. In turn,...

  • December 7, 2016

IRS Urges Taxpayers to Check Their Withholding; New Factors Increase Importance of Mid-Year Check Up

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today encouraged taxpayers to consider a mid-year tax withholding checkup following several new factors that could affect their refunds in 2017. Taking a closer look at the taxes being withheld can help ensure...

  • September 12, 2016

Taxpayers Receiving Identity Verification Letter Should Use IDVerify.irs.gov

IR-2015-54, March 18, 2015 WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers who receive requests from the IRS to verify their identities that the Identity Verification Service website, idverify.irs.gov, offers the fastest, easiest way to complete the task....

  • March 19, 2015

IRS Releases the “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for 2014; Identity Theft, Phone Scams Lead List

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity theft to return...

  • February 20, 2014

IRS Warns of Tax-time Scams

It’s true: tax scams proliferate during the income tax filing season. This year’s season opens on Jan. 31. The IRS provides the following scam warnings so you can protect yourself and avoid becoming a victim of these crimes: Be...

  • January 24, 2014

Beware of Bogus IRS Emails

The IRS receives thousands of reports every year from taxpayers who receive emails out-of-the-blue claiming to be from the IRS. Scammers use the IRS name or logo to make the message appear authentic so you will respond to it....

  • February 22, 2013

IRS Intensifies National Crackdown on Identity Theft

Part of Wider Effort to Protect Taxpayers, Prevent Refund Fraud IRS YouTube Videos ID Theft: Protect Yourself from Identity Theft English | Spanish | ASL ID Theft: Are You a Victim of Identity Theft? English | Spanish | ASL...

  • February 7, 2013