MDA alerts members to possible tax identity theft
April 11, 2014
Some member dentists are among the many taxpayers reporting that they are victims of tax return identity theft.
The Internal Revenue Service said it has started more than 200 new investigations this filing season into identity theft and refund fraud schemes. The total number of IRS ID theft investigations in 2014 exceeds 1,800, said the notice posted April 10 at IRS.gov.
The IRS announcement stated that the agency has stepped-up its coast-to-coast criminal investigation to combat identity theft and refund fraud by pursuing identity thieves, preventing fraudulent refunds from being issued and helping victims of this crime. Additional information can be found at IRS.gov.
Several state dental societies say some member dentists submitting federal income tax returns were told that their returns had already been filed, most likely by an identity thief. An April 14 ADA email alert and an earlier Michigan Dental Association alert said some member dentists suspect tax return identity theft.
Other states where dentist members reported that they have been affected include Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
There are a number of steps dentists can take if they learn their identity has been used to file a tax return, the ADA and MDA member alerts said.
• Alert your own accountant and attorney as soon as possible. They can be helpful in the process.
• Notify the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 1-800-908-4490. More information on reporting tax fraud to the IRS and additional steps to take is available online at FTC.gov. You will need to complete Form 14039 and mail it with other documentation to the IRS.
• Notify the Federal Trade Commission online or by calling 1-877-438-4338.
• Contact the three credit reporting agencies to place a fraud alert on your credit report: Equifax (1-800-525-6285), Experian (1-888-397-3742), and TransUnion (1-800-680-7289).
• Notify local law enforcement and file a police report using the FTC Identity Theft Report.
An ADA member resource, Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft, is available at ADA.org. The Association will update members in ADA media and with other appropriate communications as this story develops.