When to use Letter to Notify the IRS of a Fraudulent Tax Filing
Tax fraud is a far more serious business than many Americans realize. If you have been made aware that your personal information is connected to an incidence of tax fraud, you should notify the federal Internal Revenue Service immediately. Depending on the nature of your situation, you may also benefit from notifying your state’s taxation agency as well. Someone may have used your information to boost their own fraudulent tax claims or may have engaged in identity theft in such a way that tax filings were impacted. Regardless of the specifics, the IRS needs to be notified of your situation as soon as possible and as professionally as possible.
If you need to alert the IRS to the fact that your personal information is connected to a fraudulent filing, you can use this form to do so efficiently and effectively. Alternatively, if you have already contacted the IRS by phone or online and want to follow up on your correspondence, you can use this form to accomplish this aim as well. Either way, it is generally important to create a clear paper trail when reporting, responding to and otherwise addressing incidents of tax fraud. That way, if your version of events is ever challenged or you need to reference your efforts in any way, you will easily be able to produce evidence of your communication with the IRS. Therefore, be sure to keep a copy of your completed notification for your future reference.
One of the very last things you could possibly want is to find yourself in trouble with the IRS. By reporting fraudulent activity promptly and in a professional, cooperative way, you will place yourself in the best possible position to resolve the situation successfully.