Protect Your Identity

Like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, identity thieves seek out unsuspecting victims. If you’ve had the misfortune of being an identity theft victim, following these important steps can help minimize the potential resulting damage.

  • Complete form 14039 ID Theft Affidavit

    Download the form here.

  • Sign page 2 of your tax return

  • Mail it

    Mail your Identify Theft Affidavit and signed tax return in the same envelope to the IRS address attached to the copy of your return.

  • Tell the police

    File a police report with local law enforcement officials. This is an essential step in claiming your rights.

  • Close any accounts opened without your permission.

  • Fraud Alert

    Place a “Fraud Alert” on your credit reports, order copies, and review them carefully. Notifying one of the three nationwide consumer reporting companies that you need a fraud alert is sufficient.

    • Equifax: 800-525-6285
    • Experian: 888-397-3742
    • Trans Union: 800-916-8800
  • Report the theft to the Federal Trade Commission.

    • Online: ftc.gov/complaint
    • By phone: 1-877-ID-THEFT (438-4338) or TIY 1-866-653-4261

Avoid Phishing Scams

Some identity thieves send emails that appear to be from the IRS in an attempt to get you to give up your personal information. In fact, the IRS generally does not contact taxpayers by e-mail. If you get an e-mail that claims to be from the IRS, do not reply or click any links. Instead, forward it to phishing@irs.gov.