Understanding Your CP01E Notice

What this notice is about

You may be a victim of identity theft because someone other than you used your Social Security number for employment.


What you need to do

You don’t need to take any action related to your taxes at this time. Please continue to file all applicable tax returns timely.


You may want to

  • Review your earnings with the Social Security Administration:
    Ensure their records are correct. You can create an account on the their website which can assist you if an unauthorized person used your SSN.
  • Monitor your credit reports and all financial accounts:
    Review their accounts for signs of misuse of your personal information.
  • Place a one year fraud alert on your credit accounts:
    Contact one of the following three credit bureaus listed below. That bureau must tell the other two.
  • Consider filing a report with law enforcement such as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  The FTC can also provide information on how to file reports with other law enforcement agencies. Contact the FTC at identitytheft.gov or by calling them at 877-438-4338; TTY 866-653-4261.

    If law enforcement requires personal tax information regarding their investigation, request Form 8821 “Tax Information Authorization” from IRS.gov.
  • Get an Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN):
    An IP PIN is a six-digit number you include on your personal tax return to help us verify your identity and prevent identity theft related to your personal tax return. A missing or incorrect IP PIN prevents the electronic filing of a tax return, and a paper return filed without the IP PIN or an incorrect IP PIN will be subject to additional review and delay any refund due. You can get an IP PIN by creating an account at  www.irs.gov/getanippin

Frequently asked questions

Your SSN was used on a Form W-2 that doesn’t to belong to you.

No. Continue to file and pay your taxes as you normally would.

No. We placed an identity theft indicator on your account. This will allow us to take additional precautions to protect you from future tax related identity theft.

If you do not currently have an IP PIN, you may apply for one using our online “Secure Access” portal at  Get an IP PIN.

No. We know that someone used your SSN on a Form W-2 while filing a federal return. Federal disclosure laws prevent us from disclosing any taxpayer information to you.

The first name on the letter was the person’s  SSN used for employment. We mailed the notice to the names and address used on the last tax return filing for that person.

If the person is not deceased, contact the SSA and follow the guidance on the notice or in the “You may want to” section above. If the person is deceased, you should make sure that all financial accounts under the decedent’s SSN are closed. Minor children can also be victims of identity theft.

No. The use of your SSN has not impacted your current year or prior year taxes. Continue to file and pay your taxes as you normally would.Body Text

Identity thieves can obtain personal information through a variety of methods including, data breaches, telephone scams, phishing or stealing things from mailboxes. Visit the following websites for additional guidance and information. Identity Theft Central and Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft.

IRS has placed a marker on your account that will assist us in identifying income that may not belong to you so that it is not incorrectly included or assessed against your legitimate taxable income.  

If you can’t find an answer on IRS.gov or one of the links on this page, you can contact the Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 800-908-4490 ext. 477 Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., local time (Alaska & Hawaii follow Pacific Time). You’ll also find this telephone number on the upper right corner of your notice.

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