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

Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft

Know the signs of identity theft, take action if you are a victim and protect your data and identity.

Unemployment Benefits

What to do if your name was used to claim unemployment benefits you did not receive.

Taxes. Security. Together.

We all have a role to play in protecting your data.

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How We Combat Identity Theft

Security Summit
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.

Avoid Phishing Emails

Easy Steps to Protect Your Computer and Phone