Here’s how it works:
Scammers steal your ID info, including your social security number, and then file a fraudulent tax return in your name. They get the refund & disappear with it.
You usually don’t find out until you file your own tax return or are notified by the IRS that you’ve been a victim.
Then you are stuck sorting the whole mess out.
Once you’ve been victimized, the IRS assigns you a PIN number to put on all future tax returns so that you are clearly identified. This should help prevent it from happening again.
Florida, Georgia & the District of Columbia residents seem particularly at risk for this type of identity fraud, so the IRS has a new program to help prevent it.
If you filed a tax return from one of those locations last year, you’re eligible to get a PIN number to help identify you when filing your return this year. It’s a proactive way to tell the IRS that it is really your tax return, not a fake.
Get more information on this program at www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-An-Identity-Protection-PIN