You protect your PIN are careful who you give your credit card information to and yet you still got a Letter 5071C reporting suspicious tax returns in the mail– don’t panic. The IRS has recommended an easy method to verify your identity and uses caution on any indication of suspicious tax returns or identity theft.
The suggested website idverify.irs.gov walks you through a series of questions that only you could know the answers to.
The completion of the online examination gives the taxpayer the option to confirm or deny the suspicious return. If confirmed the IRS will process a refund in six weeks; no sweat. In the event of Identity Theft the IRS is prepared to assist you.
Your identity is priceless.
Though we are certain you do your best to guard it with caution Lindemeyer CPA has provided a few tips to watch for tax scams in 2015:
1. The above mentioned Letter 5071C is mailed through U.S. Postal Service.
2. The IRS does NOT request secure information via email or call without first delivering a letter.
3. Keep prior year and current tax returns available.
4. IRS.gov is the official IRS website. Always look for URLs ending with “.gov” —NOT “.com” “.org” or “.net” for government-related websites.
5.Only those who receive Letter 5071C should access idverify.irs.gov
We know the idea of identity theft is unnerving and scammers lurk in the most unsuspecting places. Being cautious and spreading the word about new scams to family and friends helps to keep tax scams down and your identity locked in safe. If you think you’ve become a victim or would like to speak with a tax professional at Lindemeyer CPA let us know how we can help.