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Identity Protection

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The IRS is committed to working with taxpayers who are the victims of identity theft

The IRS has taken numerous steps to combat identity theft and protect taxpayers. We are continually looking at ways to increase data security and protect taxpayers' identities with assistance from our Identity Protection Specialized Unit. Identity theft cases are among the most complex ones we handle.

We know identity theft is a frustrating process for victims. We take this issue very seriously and continue to expand on our robust screening process in order to stop fraudulent returns and protect innocent taxpayers.

On this page, you will find a wide range of information. Depending upon your personal circumstances, the information found here will cover a variety of scenarios involving identity theft, ranging from contacting us with a case of identity theft to providing tips to help keep your records safe.

  • Victim of identity theft?

Do you have reason to believe you are the victim of identity theft and your tax accounts have been affected?

Have you been informed that someone may be using your Social Security number for employment purposes?

Remember:
The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information.  This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels.

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 13-Mar-2014