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?
- Lost or stolen wallet?
Have you become the victim of identity theft? Here are places for help.
- Protect yourself
Tips from the IRS to help protect yourself from identity theft
- IRS action on identity theft
Steps the IRS is taking to prevent, detect and resolve identity theft cases
- Additional helpful resources
IRS identity theft news and outreach
- Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft
A one-page guide for identity theft victims.
- Special Identity Theft Enforcement Efforts
- Law Enforcement Assistance Pilot Program
Pilot program designed to aid law enforcement in investigating and prosecuting specific cases of identity theft.
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.