Fraudulent Tax Returns

The Sheriff's Office and the Office of Privacy Protection want to assist victims of taxpayer identity theft by providing resources, tools and education to recover from this crime. 
  1. Tax-Related Identity Theft
  2. If it Happens to You
What is tax-related identity theft?
Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund.

Generally, an identity thief will use your SSN to file a false return early in the year. You may be unaware you are a victim until you try to file your taxes and learn one already has been filed using your SSN.

Know the warning signs
Be alert to possible identity theft if you receive an IRS notice or letter that states that:
  • More than one tax return was filed using your SSN;
  • You owe additional tax, refund offset or have had collection actions taken against you for a year you did not file a tax return;
  • IRS records indicate you received wages from an employer unknown to you.