Overview of the Identity Theft Program
Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the United States. The Federal Trade Commission estimates that 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year.
Identity theft can be tax related or non-tax related. Two types of tax related identity theft are when a thief uses a taxpayer’s social security number (SSN) and other personally identifiable information for:
If the taxpayer does have a tax related identity theft problem, the Identity Protection Specialized Unit (IPSU) will research the account, verify the taxpayer's identity, and issue a special Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) to the taxpayer. You may prepare returns for taxpayers who have received an IP PIN.
Identity theft is a growing problem; treat all taxpayer information as confidential.
Being sensitive towards victims of identity theft is critical to assisting taxpayers through a confusing and frustrating situation. Remember, victims of identity theft are: