Identity theft is a growing concern, especially during tax season. If someone steals your Social Security number, they can use it to file a fraudulent tax return. To combat this, the IRS scans tax returns for signs of potential fraud. When a return is flagged as suspicious, the IRS will send a letter to notify you of potential identity theft.

If you receive a letter about potential identity theft from the IRS, it's crucial to respond promptly to ensure your tax return gets processed.

Key IRS Identity Theft Letters to Watch For:

  • Letter 5071C: This letter asks you to use an online tool to verify your identity and confirm whether you filed the tax return in question.
  • Letter 4883C: This letter requests you to call the IRS to verify your identity and confirm the legitimacy of the tax return.
  • Letter 5747C: This letter requires you to verify your identity in person at a local Taxpayer Assistance Center if you filed the tax return.

What You Need to Do:

  • Follow the Instructions: Each letter provides specific steps for you to verify your identity. Make sure to follow the instructions carefully.
  • No Additional Forms Needed: The letter you receive will provide all the information that the IRS needs from you. There's no need to file a Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit.

Ignoring these letters from the IRS will delay the processing of your tax return, so it's vital to address them as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact our office. We’re here to help you navigate this process smoothly.

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