If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, you should contact the IRS right away. You will want to:
1. Contact the IRS to find out if a tax return has been filed for you without your consent and file a complaint with the FTC. If a return has been filed, you will need to:
- Prove your identity to the IRS
- File Form 14039
- File a paper tax return for the current year
- File a return using an Identity Protection PIN for the upcoming years
2. Next, you will need to contact the Social Security Administration to find out what employers or taxes have been reported using your Social Security Number.
3. Contact your local Police Department and file a police report indicating your identity was stolen. Provide the police department with any information you have received regarding your tax returns and the Social Security Administration.
4. Contact the Credit Reporting agencies.
- Equifax, www.Equifax.com, 800-525-6285
- Experian, www.Experian.com, 888-397-3742
- TransUnion, www.TransUnion.com, 800-680-7289
5. Contact your financial institutions to close or secure your accounts.