Form 14039 2022 Printable, Fillable PDF – If you are a victim of identity theft or believe that you are in danger of having your identity stolen, you may notify the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) using Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit.
The Internal Revenue Service estimates that more than 641,000 taxpayers had their identities stolen in 2011. The issue extends beyond individual inconvenience: the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) prohibited refunds for tax returns filed using stolen Social Security numbers (SSNs) and other personal information, which would have cost the United States Treasury $6.5 billion in 2011. If you are a victim of identity theft or believe that you are in danger of having your identity stolen, you may notify the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) using Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit.
Signs of Impending Danger
A written notification from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may be your first sign that anything is wrong. Identity thieves submit bogus returns as early as possible; if you file after the Internal Revenue Service receives a return that contains your SSN, the IRS notifies you in writing. It also contacts people who it believes are victims of identity theft if their Social Security number matches that of a “taxpayer” who owes money or receives a refund that covers taxes owed even though the agency does not have a tax return on file.
Other red flags that may result in a notice include dubious revenue from unreported employment or a collection letter relating to a tax return that was never submitted in the first place, among others.
Procedures Must Be Followed After The Notification
When you get the IRS notification, you must take the following actions:
- Contact the IRS using the phone number listed on the notification.
- Form 14039, Affidavit of Identity Theft, must be completed. The form is available for download from the Internal Revenue Service website (irs.gov), and you may input it straight into it.
Identity theft is the most common cause of receiving a notification, so be sure you check the first box. Submit your completed form together with a photocopy of your official identity, such as your driver’s license, passport, Social Security card, or other government-issued identification card (if applicable). The mailing or faxing instructions are included either in the notification letter itself or on Form 14039. You may want to create numerous copies since you could need them for things like student financial-aid audits in the future.
Precautions Should Be Taken
When you feel someone has gained unauthorized access to your personal information, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requests that you file Form 14039. When odd entries on a credit report, unexpected credit card purchases, a misplaced pocketbook, or a stolen wallet all point to identity theft, check the “possible victim” box on the credit report.
You should tick the second option if you are aware that your or your child’s identity has been stolen in order to indicate that future returns may be “at danger.” Include a copy of your government-issued identification as well as a copy of the police report, if available. Fax it to the number shown on page two, or mail it to the address listed on page two for suspicious activity. Then dial the toll-free number for the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit, which is (800) 908-4490.