Identity theft is one of the most popular and most complex tax scams the IRS handles. The organization is increasingly seeing identity thieves look for ways to use a legitimate taxpayer’s identity and personal information to file a tax return and claim a fraudulent refund. If you receive an IRS notice informing you that more than one return was filed in your name, or that you received wages from an unknown employer, you may have been victimized.
Anyone who believes his or her personal information has been stolen and used for tax purposes should immediately contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit. For more information, visit the special identity theft page at www.IRS.gov/identitytheft.