It happens when someone uses your personal info to file a fraudulent tax return. With Tax Identity Care from H&R Block, we help you better protect your tax identity by helping you apply for additional safeguards with the IRS. And if you are a victim of tax identity theft, our restoration experts are here to help.
What is tax identity theft?
Tax identity theft occurs when a thief uses your information to file a fraudulent tax return to steal money from the IRS. Tax Identity Theft is a relatively easy crime to commit; all a thief needs to file a fraudulent tax return is your name, birth date and social security number.
How we can prevent Tax Identity Theft?
With Tax Identity Care, our experts help you apply for the additional safeguards provided by the IRS. Depending on your circumstance, the IRS may assign you an IP PIN or an Identity Theft Indicator. Both are layers of protection that proactively help to better protect you from becoming a victim of tax identity theft.
What to do if I`m a victim of Tax Identity Theft?
If you are a victim of tax identity theft when you purchase Tax Identity Care, our tax identity restoration experts are here to help. You’ll have a dedicated specialist assigned to your case to guide and support you in rightfully restoring your tax identity. Our support includes filing affidavits on your behalf, filing a police report, notifying other institutions you may have accounts with, and more. Bottom line? We’ll help you get your refund as fast as possible.
How do criminals get your information?
Criminals obtain personal information from a lost/stolen purse or wallet, unsecured mail or documents in the home, phishing schemes (phone or email), obtaining access to personal information via banks, bills, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, schools, government offices, etc.
What can happen if you become a victim of tax identity theft?
- Resolution can take several months or even years, resulting in significant delays in receiving your tax refund or filing the return.
- Resolution may require substantial paperwork and long interactions with appropriate authorities.
- You may be responsible for proving that the return is fraudulent and income documents are fake.
- Your information may be at risk for other forms of identity theft.