The privacy and security of your tax information is as important to us as it is to you. We take these concerns very seriously.

If you believe you have been a victim of tax-related identity theft, please call us right away at 1-800-944-8596.  

You will also want to take the following steps:

  1. (Most important) Follow the IRS procedures for reporting a fraudulent return, documented
  2. Monitor your credit reports through TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian for any suspicious activity.
  3. File a police report with your local law enforcement agency.
  4. File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at or the FTC Identity Theft Hotline at 1-877-438-4338 or TTY 1-866-653-4261.

If your Social Security number is compromised and you know or suspect you are a victim of tax-related identity theft, take these additional steps:

  • Respond immediately to any IRS notice; call the number provided.
  • Complete IRS Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit. Then print and mail or fax according to the instructions. 
  • Continue to pay your taxes and file your tax return, even if you must do so by paper.

Additional Resources

The IRS has a host of useful information and resources on tax-related identity theft:

  • special section at dedicated to identity theft issues, including YouTube videos, tips for taxpayers, and an assistance guide.
    • For victims, the information includes how to contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit. For other taxpayers, there are tips on how taxpayers can protect themselves against identity theft.
  • Taxpayers who may be at risk for identity theft (for example, your wallet, purse, or computer was recently stolen) should visit the IRS identity protection page.
  • If you receive a suspicious email that appears to be from either the IRS or an organization closely linked to the IRS (such as EFTPS), visit the Report Phishing page at
  • General information on how to report tax-related fraud to the IRS. 
  • Information on how to protect yourself form tax-related identity theft.    

These sites can help you understand identity theft and how to protect yourself:

We're all vulnerable to this crime, but there are additional things you can do that will reduce your risk of becoming a victim.

  • If you file by mail, do it at a post office, not from an unlocked mailbox in front of your house.
  • If you file electronically, use a secure computer on a secure network.