A leak of information is the intentional or unintentional insider theft or release. It may be improperly disposed personally identifiable information in the trash or as a result of a refined cyber criminals to attack by computer corporations. It may affect large or small companies.
The common link is the victim, the person whose identity, financial or personal information is at risk.
IRS Information Leak Resources
This is what you should know about information leaks:
Not all information leaks resulting in identity theft, and not every identity theft is related to taxes.
Identity theft related to tax occurs when someone uses your Social Security number to file a false tax return to claim a fraudulent refund. Your tax bill is at risk if the leak of information involves both your Social Security number and financial information such as salaries. Information leaks involving only credit card numbers, health records without Social Security number or driver’s license numbers, while certainly serious, will not affect your tax bill.
The Internal Revenue Service ( IRS , for its acronym in English), is committed to working with taxpayers to ensure that all tax accounts remain safe.
The IRS takes the vast majority of fraudulent tax returns. If fraud is suspected, the IRS will contact you by email with instructions. Or you can try your return filed electronically and is rejected as a duplicate.
If you are a victim of IRS information leakage, follow these steps:
- If possible, determine what kind of personally identifiable information ( PII ) has been stolen or lost. It is important to know what information has been lost or stolen so that you can take appropriate action. For example, a number of stolen credit card will not affect your tax bill the IRS .
- Stay informed of the steps carried out the company that lost their information. Some may offer special services, such as credit monitoring services to assist victims.
- Follow the steps recommended by the Federal Trade Commission ( FTA ), including:
- Notify one of the three major credit bureaus to place a fraud alert on your file free credit.
- Consider a freeze or lock your credit , which for a fee, in some states, will prevent access to their credit records.
- Close all accounts that were opened without your permission.
- Visit www.identity.theft.gov for additional guidance.
- If you have received correspondence from the IRS that you may be a victim of identity theft or your tax e-file was rejected as a duplicate, take these additional steps with the IRS:
- File Form 14039 (SP) Affidavit of Identity Theft to the IRS .
- Continue to submit your tax return, even if he has to paper and attach Form 14039 (SP).
- Watch for any follow-up correspondence from the IRS and answer it quickly.
Who must file IRS Form 14039 ?
This form should be used if your Social Security number is at risk and the IRS has told you that you may be a victim of identity theft or declaration was rejected as a duplicate. The electronic form is available at IRS .gov. Follow the instructions exactly. You can fax or mail your tax return if you submit prevented because someone has already filed a return using your Social Security number. Simply present once.
IRS Data Breach Information
The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels.