Validating e-filed 1040s

The Internal Revenue Service continues to take measures to prevent fraud by validating e-filed 1040s by having taxpayers sign and validate their electronically filed 2021 tax returns. When e-filing a tax return, all taxpayers must submit one of the following information: Your prior year Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) Your prior year Self-Select PIN If you …

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Why do I need my ID to file taxes

When you filed your taxes this year were you asked to provide ID? How could your tax return and your driver’s license possibly be connected? Well, several states have added a request or a requirement for a driver’s license number (or other state identification number) to be entered into the tax software system for the …

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Are you a victim of identity theft?

Tax-related identity theft happens when someone uses your stolen personal information, including your Social Security number, to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. Even if you believe you may be a victim of identity theft, it is important to continue to pay your taxes and file your tax return. Don’t miss: Get your …

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Get your IRS Identity Protection PIN

Make time before next tax season to get your Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) from the IRS. The IP PIN is a six-digit number that prevents someone else from filing a tax return using your Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. The IP PIN is known only to you and the IRS. It …

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IRS’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ tax scams for 2021

The IRS has recently released their “Dirty Dozen” list of the 12 most common tax scams to be on the lookout for. They are categorized as pandemic-related scams, personal information cons, ruses focusing on unsuspecting victims and schemes that persuade taxpayers into unscrupulous actions. Don’t miss: Closing a California business Phishing – Taxpayers should be …

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IRS lays out steps to protect against identity theft

It’s no secret identity theft is a major problem. And if you fall victim, a major headache. It would be great if identity thieves steal your tax information to pay your tax bill, but no. They’re stealing your refunds. Here are some steps to protect against identity theft the IRS suggests to keep your identity …

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IRS transcripts masked for identity protection

Identity theft has long been a serious issue for taxpayers in the United States, with thousands of taxpayers each year having their personal information fall into the wrong hands. Fortunately the IRS has taken yet another step to combat this growing trend – since December 13, sensitive information has been masked on taxpayer transcripts. Don’t …

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Are you an identity theft victim?

The amount of identity theft cases continues to increase each year and could even affect your tax return and/or refund. Identity thieves will use another individual’s social security number in order to file a false tax return to claim a refund. This tends to happen early in the tax filing season. You may be a …

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Did my doppelganger file for unemployment or am I a victim of fraud?

You received mail from the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) regarding your recent application for unemployment benefits. Trouble is you never applied for unemployment. Don’t just drop the letter in the trash. You could be a victim of identity theft, and Arizona wants to hear about it. Fraud is common with unemployment but since …

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How to report identity theft to the IRS

In the United States, approximately 33% of adults have experienced some form of identity theft, which is more than twice the global average. One of the most common forms of identity theft occurs through tax fraud. It is estimated that tax identity theft costs US taxpayers $5.2 billion annually. To combat this growing issue, the …

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