General Curtis Hill is warning Hoosiers to beware of scams in which their
identities are stolen and used to file fraudulent tax returns.
“For many families,
the New Year brings hope of long awaited tax refunds,” the Attorney
General’s Office said. “People may make plans to pay off debts or make
significant purchases. Unfortunately, tax identity thieves may also be
making plans to use those hard-earned dollars.”
thieves use other people’s Social Security numbers to file taxes and/or even
obtain jobs,” the Attorney General’s Office said. “Most victims initially
will not even be aware that this has happened. Some will be notified upon
e-filing that a tax return has already been filed using their Social
The IRS has offered
the following warning signs of possible tax-related identity theft:
* More than one tax
return was filed for you.
* You owe
additional tax, have a refund offset, or have had collection actions taken
against you for a year you did not file a tax return.
* IRS records
indicate you received wages or other income from an employer for whom you
did not work.
If you believe you
have been the victim of tax-related or any other type of identity theft, the
Office of the Indiana Attorney General office can help. Go to
indianaconsumer.com or call (800) 382-5516 to make a complaint.