A business -- or a consumer -- can spot signs of trouble when:
--A request for an extension to file -- or an electronically filed return -- is rejected because a return with the same Employer Identification Number or Social Security number is already on file.
--A receipt of a tax transcript or IRS notice suddenly shows up but doesn't correspond to anything submitted by the filer.
--Or maybe the business does not receive routine correspondence from the IRS because the thief has changed the address.
If you're concerned about ID fraud, you can:
--Report tax-related scams at www.treasury.gov/tigta.
--File a complaint at the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov.
--Call the IRS to verify any unpaid income tax bill before wiring money or putting money on a prepaid card at 800-829-1040.
About The Writer
Susan Tompor is the personal finance columnist for the Detroit Free Press. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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