March 30, 2015
With the increase of identity theft cases this tax season, the IRS has issued a few key reminders on how they will communicate with you and what you should do if they do contact you.
• The IRS will NOT call you without first sending you mailed correspondence.
• The IRS will NOT use email or social media to contact you regarding tax matters.
• Make sure you are accessing official IRS websites—IRS.gov is the official website. Always look for URL ending with “.gov”—not “.com,” “.org,” “.net,” etc.
Should the IRS determine that a tax return looks suspicious and has indications of identity theft, but contains a real taxpayer’s name and/or Social Security number, you will receive an official letter from the IRS. Letter 5071C will be mailed through the USPS, and will ask the taxpayer to verify their identity.
The IRS has a secure website for taxpayers who receive a request to confirm their identity, you can find it at idverify.irs.gov. This website offers the fastest, easiest way to complete the verification process. However, there is also a toll-free number listed on the letter, but because of the high call volume the IRS experiences this time of year, expect a long wait to connect with an agent.
Once the taxpayer’s identity is verified, the taxpayer can confirm whether or not they filed the return in question. If they did not file the tax return, then the IRS will assist them in taking the proper steps. If the return was filed by the taxpayer, it will take approximately six weeks to process and issue a refund.
You can read more on this topic at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Taxpayers-Receiving-Identity-Verification-Letter-Should-Use-IDVerifyirsgov
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