How to Report Tax Identity Theft
Filing taxes is a painful experience – but it can quickly turn into a nightmare if you become a victim of tax identity theft. If this happens, you'll not only spend lots of time and money fixing the damage but effort as well. Identity theft adds another layer of intense interaction with the IRS, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and other entities.
If you're uncertain how to go about the entire process or wish to get help reporting tax identity theft, DoNotPay can help. We understand that the process can be overwhelming and provide services to make it easy, fast, and successful.
DoNotPay is a legal chatbot that helps with not only tax identity theft but also other forms of identity theft like
- IRS identity theft Equifax identity theft
- Social Security identity theft
- Credit card fraud
- Experian identity theft
- Stimulus check lose
What Is Tax Identity Theft?
Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your stolen personal details, like your SSN, to file a fraudulent tax return and claim your tax refund.
Watch for the Signs You’re a Victim of Tax Identity Theft
The sooner you realize that you're a victim of tax identity theft, the sooner you can act to mitigate the damage. Some obvious signs of trouble are
- When you try to file your tax return electronically, you get a message that someone has already filed using your SSN.
- When you file tax returns via mail, the IRS responds by saying that it has a return on file in your name.
- When you get an IRS notification about a new online account that you "created at IRS.gov yet, you did not do it.
- When IRS records show you got more wages than your actual earnings.
Report Tax Identity Theft Immediately
If someone uses your personal details to make purchases, open new accounts, or get a refund, you need to notify various entities to prevent the issue from escalating. Here are some places to report to:
Report Tax Identity Theft to the IRS
If you notice any of the signs mentioned above, don't ignore them. The tax identity theft issue won't resolve on its own. Act immediately by filling the IRS Identity Theft Affidavit, Form 14039. This Affidavit is for victims of identity theft.
It's also a good idea to request a copy of the fraudulent activity to know the damage you're dealing with. Click here for instructions for requesting a copy of fraudulent returns.
Report Tax Identity Theft to the FTC
Report tax identity theft on this site and provide details like contact information, email, phone number, and address. You can also report here for help in creating your identity theft report and a personal recovery plan based on your situation.
Report Tax Identity Theft to Three National Credit Bureau
Notify Experian, Equifax, or TransUnion, so the bureaus place a fraud alert on your credit reports. It's also wise to place a credit freeze with these bureaus. This way, financial institutions, credit card providers, and lenders cannot pull your credit with your consent. A credit freeze means bad actors won't open credit card accounts or take out loans in your name without your knowledge.
|Equifax Fraud Victim||Equifax 1-800-525-6285|
|Experian||Experian 1-888-Experian (397-3742)|
|TransUnion Fraud||TUC 1-800-680-7289|
Next Steps for Reporting Tax Identity Theft if You Can’t Do It Yourself
Reporting tax identity theft can be overwhelming. There are just too many entities and bureaus to contact, and the process might take several months. And with other responsibilities to take care of, it's easy to lag. Sadly, this can expose you to financial losses and negative credit ratings. So, if you think you can't do it yourself, it's best to let the experts step in.
DoNotPay will take over the process and ensure that all your reports end in the right places. We will also guide you throughout the process and ensure you don't miss any important steps. Our goal is to help you prevent tax identity fraud.
How DoNotPay Helps You Report Tax Identity Theft
DoNotPay takes care of the legwork for you, so you can focus on other important things – like tightening your security. Our New Identity Theft product is designed to take you through all the steps to protect your information. It will also take you through all reports you need to file following a tax identity theft. DoNotPay will help you:
- File an official report with the FTC.
- Request Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion to set up fraud alerts and freeze credit reports.
- Contact the IRS about tax identity theft.
How to deal with identity theft using DoNotPay:
- Search "identity theft" on DoNotPay and select the type of incident you would like to report.
- Tell us more about the incident that occurred, including the location, date, time, financial loss, and any suspect information you may have.
- We'll identify whether you should file a FTC report, contact the IRS, freeze your credit report, contact state agencies, or file a police report. Once we guide you through the best options, we'll automatically submit the reports on your behalf!
We'll take care of the rest. DoNotPay will ensure your issue reaches the right place. We'll then upload confirmation documents to your task for you to view, and if the contacts need more information, they will reach out to you personally via email or mail.
Why Use DoNotPay to Report Tax Identity Theft
DoNotPay simplifies the process and makes it easy, fast, and successful. With our help, you won't need to research the reports that you need to file or struggle to find contact details. We can guide you through the process or take care of everything for you.
DoNotPay Works Across All Entities, Companies, and Groups
DoNotPay has been helping people like you report tax identity theft for years. But that's not the only thing we're good at. We can also come in handy when:
- Someone files for unemployment in your name
- Someone steals your stimulus check
- You need to figure out how much you can sue for identity theft
What Else Can DoNotPay Do?
- File an insurance claim
- Contact government representatives
- Sue individuals and organizations in small claims court
- Get help with chargebacks and refunds
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