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.
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.