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Identity Theft is One of the Fastest Growing Crimes in America

April 27, 2015

Imagine receiving this message in your email:  Fraudulent IRS tax scheme affecting Florida Physicians.  Physicians should be on the lookout for problems with their federal tax return.  The Florida Medical Society has learned within the last week that multiple Society members have been affected by a multi-state identity theft scheme designed to steal their federal tax refund.  The scheme involves the use of a stolen Social Security Number (SSN) to file a fraudulent ax return in a physician’s name in order to receive the tax refund  Physicians typically have learned they were targeted by such fraud when they were unable to e-file a tax return because a return was already filed using their SSN, a refund was received before they filed a tax return, or they received an IRS 5071C letter informing them of possible fraud related to their taxes.

Identity Theft was a big issue this past filing season.  We saw more activity with rejected returns than we have had in prior years.  We had clients receiving letters telling them their income tax return had  been received prior to us preparing the return for filing.

Some things you should do if you receive one of these letters or your 2014 return was rejected:

  1. Submit a Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit to the IRS.  You will need to include a copy of your drivers license or passport as proof of identity.
  2. Notify your Financial Institutions
  3. Contact the Fraud Department in one of the three major credit bureaus
    1. Equifax 800-525-6285    www.equifax.com
    2. Experian  888-397-3742  www.experian.com
    3. TransUnion  800-680-7289  www.transunion.com
  4. Report fraudulent activity to your local police or sheriff’s department
  5. File a compliant with the Federal Trade Commission on their website at www.ftc.gov/idtheft or by calling 1-877-438-4338
  6. Contact the Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213 or www.ssa.gov

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