PROTECT YOUR MONEY: That IRS identification letter might not be a scam

PROTECT YOUR MONEY: That IRS identification letter might not be a scam
That identification letter you might receive from the IRS could be legitimate and help protect your money. (Source: WBTV)

(WVUE) - Some people have been getting letters from the Internal Revenue Service asking for identification verification.

While some people think the letters can be a scam, they could be from the IRS. It is part of an Identity Theft Program to prevent thieves from getting your refund and other valuable information.

The IRS has set up a page and phone number for people who get the letter and want to question the verification.

VISIT THIS PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM THE IRS

Who Must Use ID Verify

Use ID Verify only if you have a:

If you received a 4883C letter, follow the instructions on the letter. You can't use ID Verify.

What You Need to Verify Your Identity

To register and use ID Verify, you need:

  • Your personal account number from a:
  • Credit card
  • Mortgage
  • Student loan
  • Home equity loan or home equity line of credit
  • Car loan
  • A mobile phone associated with your name
  • Your 5071C letter, 5747C letter or 5447C letter
  • The income tax return (form 1040,1040-PR, 1040-NR, 1040-SR, etc.) for the year shown on the letter
  • Note: A Form W-2 or 1099 is not an income tax return
  • You must also have your mailing address from your previous year’s tax return

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