Protect your identity and your money.
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Tax-related identity theft and refund fraud have been on the rise this year. But the IRS has launched a major crackdown on scammers trying to access taxpayers' financial information and steal their information and their money.
If you feel at risk for identity theft, especially if your personal information has been lost or stolen, you should contact the IRS immediately to lock down your tax account. You'll be asked to complete the IRS Identity Theft Affidavit, Form 14039.
A special section intended to help taxpayers saddled with identity theft issues is available online at IRS.gov. It includes YouTube videos, tips for taxpayers and a special guide to assistance.
The IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit is available toll-free by phone at 800-908-4490.