Small Business Taxes & Management

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IRS Publication 4535--Identity Theft Prevention and Victim Assistance


Small Business Taxes & ManagementTM--Copyright 2008, A/N Group, Inc.


We're reproducing IRS Publication 4535, Identity Theft Prevention and Victim Assistance, almost in its entirety. It's not long, but it has more essential information about identity theft than many articles we've seen.

While the Federal Trade Commission, the lead agency on identity theft, reported that the IRS has a low number of identity theft crimes, we take this issue very seriously.

What is identity theft?

Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information such as your name, Social Security Number or other identifying information, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes.

Identity theft is a serious crime. People whose identities have been stolen can spend months or years, and their hard earned money, cleaning up the mess thieves have made of their good name and credit record. In the meantime, victims may lose job opportunities, be refused loans, education, housing or cars, or even get arrested for crimes they didn't commit.

How can you minimize becoming a victim?

What if you are a victim of identity theft?

How could identity theft impact your tax records?

How can you protect your tax records?

If your tax records are not currently affected by identity theft, but you believe you may be at risk due to a lost/stolen purse or wallet, questionable credit card activity or credit report, etc contact the IRS Identity Theft Hotline at 800-908-4490

What should you do if your tax records are affected by identity theft?

If you receive a notice from IRS, respond immediately. If you believe someone may have used your SSN fraudulently, please notify IRS immediately by responding to the name and number printed on the notice or letter.

What if you receive an e-mail claiming to be from the IRS?

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