It’s Now Easier for Consumers to Report Tax-Related Identity Theft and Begin Recovering

consumers can now report identity theft to the IRS electronically through IdentityTheft.gov

It’s Now Easier for Consumers to Report Tax-Related Identity Theft and Begin Recovering
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April 4, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have teamed up in an effort to make it easier for consumers to report tax-related identity theft and to receive assistance to help recover from ID theft.

Effective immediately, consumers can now report identity theft to the IRS electronically through the FTC's IdentityTheft.gov website.

What is tax id theft?

Tax-related identity theft happens when someone uses your stolen Social Security number to file a tax return in your name and claim your tax refund.

Submitting an Identity Theft Affidavit

Victims of tax ID theft must file an IRS Identity Theft Affidavit, also known as IRS Form 14039, before the agency can begin investigating and resolving the problem. Until this new initiative, consumers could only file an IRS Form 14039 manually.

Under the new FTC and IRS initiative, IdentityTheft.gov will be the first and the only place where consumers can submit an identity theft Affidavit electronically. Find out more about how the process works here.

More About Identitytheft.gov

Identitytheft.gov allows consumers to report ID theft to the federal government and to receive a personal recovery plan.

Consumers can also obtain an identity theft Report that can be used in place of a police report to help clear their credit reports of fraudulent information resulting from ID theft. Customized letters that victims of ID theft can send to creditors, debt collectors, and others to help in the recovery process are also available.