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HI… I’M TERRY… AND I WORK FOR THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE.
    
EACH YEAR… THE I-R-S… STATE TAX AGENCIES AND THE TAX INDUSTRY WORK HARD TO PLAN FOR THE TAX FILING SEASON.
      
AND SO DO IDENTITY THIEVES.

USING A WEALTH OF PERSONAL DATA STOLEN FROM OUTSIDE THE TAX SYSTEMS… IDENTITY THIEVES FILE FAKE TAX RETURNS USING REAL TAXPAYER NAMES… SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS AND OTHER PERSONAL INFORMATION.
    
THE I-R-S IS WORKING HARD TO STOP TAX-RELATED IDENTITY THEFT.
    
AND ALTHOUGH WE DO STOP THE VAST MAJORITY OF FRAUDULENT RETURNS… IT CAN STILL HAPPEN TO YOU.
    
HERE ARE SOME WARNING SIGNS THAT YOU MAY BE A VICTIM OF TAX-RELATED IDENTITY THEFT.
    
YOU RECEIVE A LETTER IN THE MAIL FROM THE I-R-S ABOUT A SUSPICIOUS TAX RETURN USING YOUR NAME AND SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER.
     
WE MAY ASK YOU TO GO TO I-D-VERIFY-DOT-I-R-S-DOT-GOV TO CONFIRM YOUR IDENTITY.
    
OR WE REJECT YOUR E-FILED RETURN BECAUSE ANOTHER TAX RETURN WAS FILED USING YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER.
    
IF YOU SUSPECT YOU’RE A VICTIM… FILE FORM 14039… THE IDENTITY THEFT AFFADAVIT.
    
YOU CAN GET THE FORM AND INSTRUCTIONS AT I-R-S DOT GOV.
    
IF YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER WAS STOLEN IN A DATA BREACH OR ANY OTHER WAY… YOU SHOULD FILE A FORM 14039 ONLY IF THERE IS AN IMPACT ON YOUR TAXES.
    
YOU SHOULD ALSO FOLLOW RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION… SUCH AS PLACING A FREE FRAUD ALERT ON YOUR CREDIT ACCOUNT BY CONTACTING ONE OF THE THREE MAJOR CREDIT BUREAUS… FILING A COMPLAINT WITH THE F-T-C AT IDENTITY-THEFT-DOT-GOV… AND CLOSING ANY FINANCIAL ACCOUNTS TAMPERED WITH BY THIEVES.
    
IF YOU ARE A VICTIM… PLEASE KNOW THAT THESE ARE COMPLEX CASES AND SOME OF THEM TAKE SEVERAL MONTHS TO RESOLVE.
    
WE ARE WORKING HARD TO SHORTEN THAT TIME.
    
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WHAT THE I-R-S… THE STATES AND THE TAX INDUSTRY ARE DOING TO FIGHT IDENTITY THEFT. . . AND WHAT STEPS YOU NEED TO TAKE IF YOU ARE A VICTIM. . . VISIT I-R-S- DOT-GOV-SLASH-IDENTITY-THEFT.

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