Where’s My Refund – What Happens if your Refund and Identity are Stolen

Are you a Victim of ID Theft or Know someone who is a victim of ID Theft? 

Did you go to file your personal  tax return  and found out that someone already filed a tax return for you under your Social Security Number or Tax ID Number?  Want to know how do you fix this?

Some Initial Steps may Include (but not limited to):

  • Place a “Fraud Alert” on your credit reports with the three major credit bureaus, and review the reports carefully.
  • Contact the security or fraud departments of each company where an account was opened or charged without your okay.
  • File a police report. File a report with law enforcement officials to help you correct your credit report and deal with creditors who may want proof of the crime.
  • Report the theft to the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Contact the Social Security Administration at 1-800-722-1213
  • And possibly most important is to Call the IRS Identity Theft Unit 1-800-908-4490 and file the applicable forms with the IRS to report the ID theft – and get proper help for this from a Certified Public Accountant, Attorney or Enrolled Agent.

Please be careful when considering using seemingly “low-cost” tax preparation locations, a “friend of a friend”  preparers – who may  illegally sell or use your private identity information for their own fraudulent financial gain. 

It can cost you a lot more in then the end vs using someone such as a Certified Public Accountant or Tax Attorney should your Identity be compromised ! 

Please take caution with your Identity information and that of your family and loved ones! 

The office of David L Wrubel, CPA, PA can be of assistance in the  capacity of preparing your taxes in a professional manner and assisting you with the IRS reporting should you become a victim of Identity theft.

Should you have questions or need Business or Individual Tax Advice, or help with FIRPTA:

Our firm may be contacted at: 

PHONE:  (305) 672-4272  [4CPA]

E-MAIL:  DAVID@CPA-FL.COM   

WEBSITE:  WWW.CPA-FL.COM

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @MiamiBeachCPA

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Visit the following link at the IRS for the direct scoop on the Top Ten Tips Every Taxpayer Should Know About ID Theft: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=252507,00.html

Download the Step-by-Step Guide from the Federal Trade commission for when you are a victim of ID Theft:

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/idtheft/idt04.pdf

Read the full story in the Miami Herald by Jay Weaver  12/3/11 at the following Link:

http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/12/01/2530435/miami-shores-couples-frustrating.html

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