The IRS now has a toll-free number to assist identity theft victims. The new IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit will mark affected accounts so that identity theft issues may be resolved more quickly. Victims can call 1-800-908-4490 and speak with a customer service rep Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
If your Social Security number is stolen, it may be used by another individual to get a job. That person’s employer would report income earned to the IRS using your Social Security number, making it appear that you did not report all of your income on your tax return. The IRS.gov site has more information for taxpayers who believe that they have a tax issue created by identity theft.
Remember, the IRS does not initiate communication with taxpayers through e-mail. Report phishing, e-mail scams and bogus IRS Web sites to the IRS.