We have had an increase number of clients contacting us about identity theft. A few of our clients have received an IRS 5071C letter, and we’ve received many questions. Here’s what you need to know.
What is a 5071C letter?
The IRS is stepping up to prevent tax fraud. The IRS may send a Letter 5071C to taxpayers and ask them to complete an online identity verification process.
The letter will read: “We received a federal income tax return with your name and taxpayer identification number but we must verify your identity to process it accurately. The contact information below is only for taxpayers who received Letter 5071C.”
I received a letter. Now what?
If you didn’t file yet, complete the secure identity verification service by clicking the Get Started button on this page, or call the toll-free number provided in the 5071C letter.
If you did file, call the toll-free IRS Identity Verification telephone number at 800.830.5084. Have a copy of the 5071C letter you received, a copy of your prior year tax return (if you filed one) and your most recently filed tax return, as well as any supporting documentation for each year’s return (such as Forms W-2, 1099, 1040 Schedule C, or 1040 Schedule F) when you call.
If they are unable to verify your identity over the phone or online, the IRS might ask you to schedule an appointment at a local office to verify your identity in person.
If have any additional questions, please reach out to us!