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IRS launches Identity Theft Central
On February 3, 2020, the IRS launched Identity Theft Central on IRS.gov. The new web page is designed to improve online access to information on identity theft and data security protection.
Identity Theft Central provides resources to taxpayers on how to protect themselves from identity theft. Under the Security Summit taskforce, the IRS has been working in partnership with state tax agencies and tax preparation companies to increase taxpayer protections.
The Security Summit partnership was established in 2015 and has made substantial progress in the fight against tax-related identity theft. The Identity Theft Central web page was created as part of this effort to provide a central location for information on ID theft, scams and schemes.
Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses stolen personal information, including a Social Security number, to file a tax return and claim a fraudulent refund. If a taxpayer suspects he or she may be a victim of identity theft, the IRS instructs the taxpayer to continue to pay taxes and file tax returns.
There are several potential signs of identity theft:
Published February 7, 2020