What should I do if an identity thief files my tax return?

If someone uses your Social Security number to get a job, the employer will report the person’s earnings to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). When you file your tax return, you won’t include those earnings. But, IRS records will show you failed to report all your income and you can expect to get a letter from the IRS.

If someone uses your Social Security number and files a tax return in your name before you file, they may get your refund. When you file your own return later, IRS records will show the first filing and refund, and you’ll get a letter from the IRS.

If you think someone has misused your Social Security number to get a job or tax refund – or the IRS sends you a notice indicating a problem – contact the IRS immediately. Specialists will work with you to protect your account.

Call: 1‑800‑908‑4490 or go to https://www.irs.gov/individuals/identity-protection

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