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Identity Theft PrOTECTION and Victim Assistance

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue continues to take steps to protect taxpayers from identity theft and refund fraud. Working with the IRS, other states and private industry, we are strengthening measures to prevent others from trying to file a false tax return to get a refund. As an added protection, some taxpayers may receive a letter from the department asking them to take an online identity verification quiz.

Identity theft occurs when someone uses your name, Social Security number and/or other identifying personal information without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes.

Identity theft is a serious crime, and people whose identities were stolen can spend months or years (as well as hard-earned money) repairing the mess thieves made of their names and credit records. Identity theft can result in lost job opportunities; denial of loans for things like housing, automobiles and education; and perhaps even misdirected criminal charges.

Warning Signs of Identity Theft

IRS or Department of Revenue note any of the following:

  • More than one tax return was filed under your name or Social Security number.
  • Your identity must be verified, when you haven’t filed a return yet.
  • You have a balance due, refund offset or collection actions have been initiated against you for a year in which you did not file a tax return.
  • You received wages from an employer unknown to you.

Protect Your Identity

  • There are many ways to prevent your identify from being used to file a fraudulent tax return in your name.
  • To learn more, visit Protect Your Identity.

Reporting Identity Theft

  • If you are a victim of identity theft, visit Reporting Identity Theft.
  • If you suspect a letter, email or call about your tax records is a scam, call the PA Department of Revenue at 717-787-8201 or the IRS at 800-829-1040.