Tax-time identity theft: The Real Deal

Published 04/09 2014 10:57AM

Updated 04/09 2014 07:21PM

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – We hear about identity theft all the time, but some people aren’t aware until tax time that they could actually be a victim.

Some of the warning signs include:

1.) If you file a tax return and it’s rejected by the IRS because another return has already been filed under your Social Security number. Generally, identity thieves will use a stolen Social Security number in an attempt to get a fraudulent refund early in the season.

2.) If you receive a letter form the IRS saying you have a balance due, refund offset or collections action taken against you for a year in which you didn’t file a return.

3.) Finally, if IRS records indicate you received wages from an employer you never worked for.

Anyone who believes they have been a victim of such a theft should call the IRS at 1-800-908-4490.

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