Tax-related identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information to commit tax fraud. Your taxes can be affected if your Social Security number is used to file a fraudulent return or to claim a refund or credit.
Information for Individuals
Learn about the warning signs and what you can do to safeguard your Social Security number.
What to Do if You are a Victim
If your Social Security number is compromised and you know or suspect you are a victim of tax-related identity theft, the IRS recommends these additional steps.
How We Combat Identity Theft
The IRS, state tax agencies and private industry partner to detect, prevent and deter tax-related identity theft and fraud.
Phishing and Online Scams
The IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information.