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New IRS Identity Verification Measures

In an effort to stay one step ahead of scammers and identity theft, the Internal Revenue Service is introducing new identity verification precautions before processing tax returns and issuing refunds in situations where the IRS suspects that identity theft may exist. This is part of an aggressive strategy to prevent and detect identity theft in response to the Federal Trade Commission determining that fraudulent government documents like tax returns are the most common form of identity theft. If you receive a 5071C letter from the IRS requesting that you verify your identity, do not ignore it; lack of response could delay your return processing and ultimately your receipt of any tax refund

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