The IRS has announced the launch of the “Identity Theft Central,” a resource designed to improve online access to information on identity theft and data security protection for taxpayers, tax professionals, and businesses. This resource provides information on how to report identity theft, how taxpayers can protect themselves against phishing, online scams, and more. It is located on the IRS website ( https://www.irs.gov/identity-theft-central) and is available 24/7.
The IRS, state tax agencies, and the nation’s tax industry—all working in partnership under the Security Summit banner—have made substantial progress in the fight against tax-related identity theft since 2015. However, thieves are constantly looking for ways to steal the identities of individuals, tax professionals, and businesses in order to file fraudulent tax returns for refunds.
As a part of the effort to help educate and improve protections, the IRS has redesigned the information into a new, streamlined page. The following information is available to taxpayers:
- Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft, which includes information on what to do if someone becomes a victim of identity theft.
- Identity Theft Information for Tax Professionals, which includes information on knowing responsibilities under the law.
- Identity Theft Information for Businesses, which includes information on how to recognize the signs of identity theft.
The IRS advises tax professionals and others to bookmark the Identity Theft Central webpage and check their specific guidance periodically for updates. The page also features videos on key topics that can be used by taxpayers or partner groups, including a video message from IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig on warning signs for phishing email scams.