IRS Tax Return Identity Theft Hotline
If you think someone used your identity to file a fraudulent tax return and snatch your refund, call the new Tax Return Identity Theft Hotline.
Launched today by the IRS criminal investigations division and the U.S. Attorney's Office, the number is 412-395-4973.
Last summer, scam artists set up shop in Erie and began offering people help tapping into a fictitious federal stimulus program, then stole their identities, IRS criminal investigations spokesman Andrew Hromoko said. If anything similar happens this year, calls to the hotline could help the agency to identify the scheme quickly.
Callers who leave a message will receive a return call from a special agent within 24 to 48 hours.
A taxpayer who believes they are at risk of identity theft due to lost or stolen personal information should also contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 800-908-4490 so the agency can secure their tax account.