Security Alerts

Tax Identity Theft Awareness

Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number (SSN) to get a tax refund or a job. You might find out it’s happened when you get a letter from the IRS saying that more than one tax return was filed with your SSN, or IRS records show you earned income from an employer you don’t know. The IRS may also reject your efiled tax return as a duplicate filing.

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Data Breaches | 6/27/2018

What to know, What to do

Did you recently get a notice that says your personal information was exposed in a data breach?

Did you lose your wallet?

Or learn that an online account was hacked? Depending on the type of information exposed, the Federal Trade Commission can tell you what to do right away. You’ll find these steps – and more – at

What information was lost or exposed? 

Security Awareness For Taxpayers | 1/24/2018


The IRS, the states and the tax industry are committed to protecting you from identity theft. We’ve strengthened our partnership to fight a common enemy – the criminals – and to devote ourselves to a common goal – serving you. Working together, we’ve made many changes to combat identity theft, and we are making progress. However, cybercriminals are constantly evolving, and so must we. The IRS is working hand-in-hand with your state revenue officials, your tax software provider and your tax preparer. But, we need your help. We need you to join with us. By taking a few simple steps, you can better protect your personal and financial data online and at home.

Please consider these steps to protect yourselves from identity thieves:

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