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