Kristi King, wtop.com
WASHINGTON – Identity theft can affect people’s taxes and tax records. Crooks with access to other people’s personal information can file false tax returns to try to collect the money.
The Internal Revenue Service has a list of warning signs suggesting identity theft has occurred.
It also has tips to helpprotect personal information.
Some warning signs of fraud include taxpayers receiving a letter from the IRS indicating more than one tax return has been filed in their name. The IRS also may notify someone about undeclared income from working at a business the taxpayer has never heard of before.
To protect personal information the IRS suggests:
Also, realize the IRS only will contact taxpayers through the U.S. Mail and will never make contact through email, texts or social media.
The IRS wants to hear from anyone who loses their wallet and personal information, or suspects they’re a victim of identity theft or a phishing attempt to steal personal information. Contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 1- 800-908-4490.