Understanding Your Tax Identity Theft Letter
The standard way for the IRS to communicate to taxpayers about their tax filings is through the US mail. There are various types of form letters they send. Below are some of the most common IRS notifications of tax identity theft that you may receive:
- IRS Letter 4464, 5071C: Notice that there may be a problem with your tax identity; wait 90 days before taking action.
- IRS Notice CP01: Identity theft indicator placed on your account.
- IRS Form CP01B: Identify theft recognized. IRS requires verification of your identity.
- IRS Form CP01F: Notice of identity Protection Personal Identification Number.
- IRS Form CP01H: Account locked to prevent identity theft and IRS cannot process tax filing.
- IRS Notice CP01S: IRS is processing identity theft claim.
It is important not to overlook, ignore or delay acting upon IRS notification letters because your action is typically required, and on a tight schedule. Just remember that if you don’t agree with the IRS findings generally you will always have a chance to dispute them. Delayed response makes this much more difficult. It is also typically advised never to sign IRS documents if you do not know to exactly what you are agreeing. If you are unsure of the appropriate actions to take, consider hiring a tax professional to help you.
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