Filing a Tax Return after Becoming a Victim of Identity Theft or Refund Fraud

It is extremely important to respond to all IRS notices immediately.  If the taxpayer has been directed, by the IRS, to validate their identity on, he should do so without delay.

If a taxpayer has become a victim of identity theft but has not filed his tax return, for the year in question, he will need to submit a paper return for processing.  The processing of the taxpayer’s tax return will take approximately 180 days.  The taxpayer will need to complete Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit.  The taxpayer will send Form 14039 along with a copy of his Social Security card and a form of government-issued identification, such as a driver’s license, along with the tax return.  Instructions are listed on the back of Form 14039 regarding where to send the return.

If, after the 180 days, the taxpayer still has not been able to resolve filing his tax return and has not received his refund, he can contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 800-908-4490.  If the taxpayer continues to have issues resolving his case and is experiencing financial difficulty due to the failure to receive his refund, he can contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service at 877-777-4778.

It’s important that the taxpayer continue to file and pay his taxes in a timely manner, even if it is necessary to do so through a paper format.  

Future Years

In future years, the taxpayer will be assigned an Identity Protection PIN or IP PIN, for use when filing his tax return. 


Cathy Fisher

Common Cents Bookkeeping and Tax Preparation

Serving Henderson, NC, Buncombe County, Polk County, Transylvania County


P: 828-595-2835

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