What to do if this happens to you
BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — This is a FOX44 Safety Alert. One area woman says filing her taxes this year has been more frustrating than ever. That's after she found out someone else had already used her social security number to file their own taxes. Now, she can't get her refund.
When the woman, who asked to keep her identity a secret for personal reasons, tried to efile her taxes, she got some bad news. She couldn't get her refund. "They'd gotten word that somebody else had filed the taxes in my name," she says.
She was shocked. "It's really kind of a scary thing, finding out that someone is actually brave enough to file a tax in your name."
Then, the frustration set in. "The hardest thing is getting in touch with the IRS. I've spent numerous hours on the telephone." When she finally got ahold of someone, they told her she couldn't file her taxes online again this year. Instead, she was forced to file her taxes on paper if she wanted to get her refund check. She was told it could take six to eight weeks before she'd see that check.
"It's such a long process," she says. "A long process."
This could happen to anyone. If you think you are a victim of identity theft, act now. You need to prove who you are to the IRS. You could use a social security card, a driver's license, or a passport. You'll also need a copy of your police report. It's a process this woman doesn't want anyone else to go through.
"I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy," she says.
For now, she's filing her taxes the old fashioned way, hoping the second time around will give her the results she's hoping for. "I want what everybody else wants, and everybody else wants what I want, to take care of business the right way and move on."
There are several different scenarios with steps that need to be taken to resolve an issue like this. You can find more information at the links below.
Identity Theft and Your Tax Records - http://www.irs.gov/privacy/article/0,,id=186436,00.html
Protect your personal information! The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through e-mail - http://www.irs.gov/privacy/article/0,,id=179820,00.html
Additional information: http://www.irs.gov/privacy/article/0,,id=224158,00.html