Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week: January 29 – February 2, 2018

The 2017 tax filing season is officially here.  Fortis is helping to raise awareness on tax identity theft so that you do not become a victim. We also know identity theft is a frustrating process for victims.  If you become a victim, we are committed to resolving your case as quickly as possible.


DAY 1 – What is Tax Identity Theft?

Tax identity theft is when someone steals your social security number to file a false tax return claiming a tax refund.

You most likely will not know if you are a victim of tax related identity theft until you file your tax return.  You will be contacted by your tax professional or by the IRS if there are suspicions.


Warning Signs:

  • More than one tax return was filed using your SSN.
  • You owe additional tax, 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 suspect you are a victim of tax related identity theft you still need to continue to pay your taxes and file your tax return(s). 


Source (Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft)