Taxpayer guide to identity theft

We know identity theft is a frustrating process for victims. The Internal Revenue Service has put together a Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft.

What is tax-related identity theft?

Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund.

Generally, an identity thief will use your SSN to file a false return early in the year. You may be unaware you are a victim until you try to file your taxes and learn one already has been filed using your SSN. Read more …