As a result of the Equifax data breach that occurred on September 7, 2017, if you suspect tax-related identity theft has occurred with your personal information, it is imperative to complete and file Form 14039 with the IRS.
Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone files a false tax return using your SSN to obtain a tax refund. Equifax says a breach exposed social security numbers and other data from about 143 million Americans (Mike Stewart-AP).
Know the warning signs:
Be alert to possible tax-related identity theft if you are contacted by the IRS or your tax professional/provider about:
- More than one tax return was filed using your SSN.
- You owe additional tax, refund offset or have had collection actions taken against you for a year you did not file a tax return.
- IRS records indicate you received wages or other income from an employer for whom you did not work.
For additional information, see https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5027.pdf
If you suspect you are a victim of identity theft, continue to pay your taxes and file your tax return, even if you must do so by paper.