In time for tax season, IRS launches “Identity Theft Central”

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has launched its “Identity Theft Central” webpage to provide 24/7 access to online information regarding tax-related identity theft and data security protection. Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone steals personal information to commit tax fraud.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages taxpayers, tax professionals, and businesses to review the IRS news release and CISA’s Tip on Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft for more information.

Tax-related identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information to commit tax fraud. Your taxes can be affected if your Social Security number is used to file a fraudulent return or to claim a refund or credit.

The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry work in coordination as the Security Summit to protect taxpayer data. IRS program includes safeguards that identify suspicious returns.

Important: IRS would never

  • Initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text or social media to request personal or financial information
  • Call taxpayers with threats of lawsuits or arrests
  • Call, email or text to request taxpayers’ Identity Protection PINs

If you have been contacted by anyone claiming to be from IRS and requesting Personally Identifiable Information (PII) – beware of the fraud.

Refer to these IRS Publications for more information