SALT Report 2234 – The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has created a new identity theft web page that outlines the procedures taxpayers must follow if their personal information is stolen and results in a fraudulent tax return.
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation; however, taxpayers often don’t realize that their information has been stolen until they receive an unexpected notice about their tax account from the Tax Department or the IRS.
If you have received a notice from the Tax Department or have experienced an incident that you feel may affect your tax records in the future, you should contact the Department immediately. At that time the Department will ask you to provide them with the following information:
- A photocopy of a government issued ID, such as a driver’s license, US passport, US military ID card, or other valid IDs issued by state or federal agencies
- Form DTF-275, Identity Theft Declaration. Please remember to include a statement explaining why you believe you’re a victim of identity theft
- Address verification for the tax year in question such as a utility bill, lease agreement, or bank statement, and
- A copy of the notice you received from our Department, if you received one
Once identity theft has been reported to the Department, and the required documentation has been received, the agency will correct an account by removing any fraudulent returns from the record, and it will cancel any bills related to fraud. In the future, the Department will devote extra attention to returns associated with the account to protect against further suspicious activity.
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