What to Do If Someone Files a Tax Return in Your Name

Take these steps if you think you're a victim of tax fraud.

Mac McKerral knew something was wrong when he recently got a letter from the IRS stating that it was unable to electronically deposit his refund into his bank account. “I never get money back,” he says. Plus, he had yet to even file his 2014 federal tax return.

Shortly after he received that letter, he got another that said the IRS was conducting a review of questionable income amounts and claims for credits listed on his return. He then thought he was being audited – until he read further. The letter outlined a list of steps he could take if he thought a return had been fraudulently filed in his name. That’s when he realized he had become a victim of identity theft.

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Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor, Kiplinger.com

Award-winning journalist, speaker, family finance expert, and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.

Cameron Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for Kiplinger.com. She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.