Understanding Your IRS 5071C Letter

IRS 5071C  letter tells you that the IRS needs more information to verify your identity in order to process your tax return accurately. Receiving a 5071C is not the end of the world and can usually be quickly resolved. The contact information below is only for taxpayers who received Letter 5071C. If you’ve received a 5071C letter, the IRS needs more information to verify your identity in order to process your tax return accurately. The IRS will continue processing your tax return once your identity is verified. Follow the identity verification steps below in order to provide the IRS with necessary information.

In 2012, the EFDS detected 7.8 million potentially fraudulent returns. When the system flags a tax return, the IRS does not process the return and freezes any refunds until the taxpayer verifies his or her identity. You can respond with the correct information for your 5071C letter and often get your tax refund processed very quickly.

 

Why is the IRS contacting you with a 5071C Letter?

The IRS received your federal income tax return; however, in order to process it, they need more information to verify your identity. The letter you received provides two options for responding. Both options enable you to verify your identity with us so we can continue processing your tax return.

This contact information is only for taxpayers who received Letter 5071C. The toll-free number and website are for identity verification only. No other tax-related information, including refund status, is available.

 

What is involved in this process?

The IRS will continue processing your tax return once they verify your identity. Follow the identity verification described under “What should you do?” below to provide us with the necessary information.

Use the IRS secure Identity Verification Service website idverify.irs.gov. It’s quick and secure. To complete the entries, you will need to have a copy of your prior year tax return and your most recently filed tax return.

 

How to Verify 5071C Letter?

If you cannot use the Idverify website, you can call us using the toll-free Identity Verification telephone number provided in your letter. Again, you will need to have a copy of your prior year tax return and your most recently filed tax return.

When a return is flagged, the IRS sends Letter 5071C or Letter 4883C to affected taxpayers to request additional information to continue processing the tax return. The taxpayer is instructed to:

  1. Obtain a copy of the past two years’ tax returns to provide specific information to the IRS.
  2. Call the Taxpayer Protection Line (TPL) at (800) 834-5084 or visit idverify.irs.gov.