What this notice is about We placed an identity theft indicator on your account. If we notice fraudulent activity, we’ll contact you to advise you of any actions you should take. What you need to do Review the notice. Continue filing all federal tax returns. Continue sending your payments, if you owe a balance due. You may want to Continue monitoring all your personal financial accounts. Monitor your credit report for suspicious or unauthorized activities. Create an online account to request an Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN). Visit the following websites for more information on identity theft. IRS Identity Protection Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Consumer OnGuard Online Social Security Administration (SSA) Frequently asked questions What effect does the Identity Theft Indicator have on my account? The indicator helps the IRS to identify you as the valid owner of the Social Security Number (SSN) that is shown on your tax return. The indicator has no effect on your ability to file your tax return, make payments, or receive a refund. How long does the indicator remain on my account? Because you indicated you’re at risk of becoming a victim of tax-related identity theft, the indicator placed on your account will remain; unless you specifically request us to remove it. Who should I contact if I have more questions about my account related to identity theft? You can call the IRS at 800-908-4490 for assistance specific to identity theft. For all other tax account related questions, contact the IRS help desk at 800-908-4490. Tips for next year File your return as you normally would. Reference Tools Publication 1, Your Rights as a Taxpayer Full list of tax forms and instructions Need help? You can authorize someone to contact the IRS on your behalf. See if you qualify for help from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. If you can’t find what you need online, call the IRS number at the top of your notice or letter. If you didn’t receive a letter or notice, use telephone assistance. If you can't resolve the penalty on your own, contact Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent organization within IRS.