If you are the victim of identity theft, then it is important to inform the IRS of your situation. This will prevent people from filing a false tax return with your name. With IRS Form 14039 – Identity Theft Affidavit, you can alert the IRS and protect yourself from tax identity theft.
Have you ever tried to file your taxes only to find out that a return has already been filed under your Social Security Number (SSN)…
…or even worse, under your child’s SSN?
Someone stole your Social Security Number and used it to file a tax return to claim your refund!
Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your information to file a tax return without your knowledge.
You won’t even realize that this has happened until you go to file your tax return.