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Identity Theft Central

The Identity Theft Central lists several ways that taxpayers can protect themselves from becoming victims of identity theft. Some suggested tips for protecting data and identity on cell phones and computers include:

The IRS strengthened awareness of identity theft and data security protection for taxpayers, tax professionals, and businesses by launching “Identity Theft Central,” a 24/7 resource on how to identify theft and protective measures to guard against these actions.

Information for Individual Taxpayers: Taxpayers have access to the “Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft,” including information about steps to take if one falls victim to identity theft. The Identity Theft Central preemptively alerts taxpayers to possible tax-related identity theft schemes. They warn that you may be involved in an identity theft scheme if:

• Use security software and make sure it updates automatically; essential tools include virus/malware protection and a firewall.
• Use encryption programs to protect sensitive digital data.
• Treat your personal information like cash; don’t leave it lying around.
• Use multi-factor authentication when it’s offered.
• Give personal and financial information only over encrypted websites; look for “https” addresses.
• Back up your files.
• Create strong, unique passwords:
o Use long phrases that you can remember, combined with characters and
o Use a different password for each account and use a password manager.
o When possible, don’t use your email address as your login ID.
o Use two-factor authentication whenever it’s offered. This is particularly important for protecting your email, financial, and social media accounts.

In the event that a taxpayer’s Social Security number is stolen or compromised, the IRS recommends following these steps:
• Respond immediately to any IRS notice: Call the number provided.
• If your e-filed return is rejected because of a duplicate filing under your Social Security number, or if the IRS instructs you to do so, complete IRS Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit (PDF). Attach the completed form to your return and mail your return according to instructions.

In the event a taxpayer believes that a fraudulent return has been filed using his or her name, he or she may request a copy by completing Form 4506-F, Request for a Copy of a Fraudulent Tax Return. In the event a taxpayer e-files his or her tax return and receives a message that a dependent on his or her return has been claimed on another tax return, or if he or she receives an IRS Notice CP87A, he or she may be a victim of identity theft. Form 886-H-DEP lists acceptable documents that the taxpayer can use to prove that he or she was entitled to claim the dependent.

Individuals must undergo a thorough identity verification process, but once approved, the IP PIN is valid for an entire calendar year. If you need professional help with a Pin, contact the office of Don Fitch Accountancy at (760)567-3110 or Email

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(Updated 04/23/2021 05:54)

Published by Don Fitch, CPA

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