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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...

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  • 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....

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  • 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...

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  • 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,...

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  • 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...

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  • 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....

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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....

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  • 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...

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  • February 7, 2013