In its efforts to combat identity theft, the IRS is stopping suspicious tax returns
that have indications of being identity theft, but contain a real taxpayer's name
and/or Social Security number, and sending out Letter 5071C to request that the
taxpayer verify his or her identity.
Letter 5071C is mailed through the U.S. Postal Service to the address on the return.
It asks taxpayers to verify their identities in order for the IRS to complete
processing of the returns if the taxpayers did file it or reject the returns if the
taxpayers did not file it.
It is important to understand that the IRS does not request such information via
e-mail; nor will the IRS call you directly to ask this information without first
sending you a Letter 5071C. The letter number can be found in the upper corner of the
Letter 5071C gives you two options to contact the IRS and confirm whether or not you
filed the return: You can (1) use the
www.idverify.irs.gov site or
(2) call a toll-free number on the letter. However, the IRS says that, because of the
high volume on its toll-free numbers, the IRS-sponsored website,
www.idverify.irs.gov, is the
safest, fastest option for taxpayers with Web access.
Before accessing the website, be sure to have your prior-year and current-year tax
returns available, including supporting documents, such as Forms W-2 and 1099. You
will be asked a series of questions that only the real taxpayer can answer.
Once your identity is verified, you can confirm whether or not you filed the return in
question. If you did not file the return, the IRS will take steps at that time to
assist you. If you did file the return, it will take approximately six weeks to
process it and issue a refund.
You should always be aware of tax scams, efforts to solicit personally identifiable
information, and IRS impersonations. However,
www.idverify.irs.gov is a
secure, IRS-supported site that allows taxpayers to verify their identities quickly
and safely. IRS.gov is the official IRS website. Always look for a URL ending with
".gov" - not ".com," ".org," ".net," or other nongovernmental URLs.
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