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February 28, 2012

Taxpayers and Identity Theft

Reports of identity theft have begun to crop up during this tax season. As individuals file their returns some have learned that tax returns have already been filed in their name, with their social security number. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has created a page for taxpayers affected by identity theft. This page links to guides for determining whether you are a victim of identity theft, as well as agencies to contact. Their one page Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft is a quick overview for concerned taxpayers and includes IRS and credit bureau phone numbers.

A recent press release from the Federal Trade Commission noted that identity theft still tops the Top 10 Consumer Complaints list - for 12 years in a row now. Get quick access to information on our Identity Theft legal topic page. As the tax season rolls on, don't forget to check out our Tax legal topic page for links to Wisconsin and federal forms, how-to guides, agency contacts, and links to rulings.

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