What is Tax Identity Theft? With respect to taxes and tax fraud, identity thieves may use your Social Security number to obtain employment or file a fraudulent income tax return to obtain a refund. Tax Identity Theft occurs when a taxpayer’s Social Security number is used by another individual to get a job. Wages are then reported under the stolen Social Security number and the taxpayer receives a bill from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR). The affected taxpayer often never lived or worked in Massachusetts. Thieves may also try to use your Social Security number to file a fraudulent income tax return with the DOR to obtain a refund.
You must complete and submit an Identity Theft Affidavit if you believe you are a victim of identity theft and would like the Massachusetts Department of Revenue to investigate the matter. Contact the Audit Division's Identity Theft Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-887-5005 (Please leave an unblocked number our telephones do not allow unblocking.) if you have any questions.
Protect Yourself: Common Questions
- What do I do if I think I am a victim of Identity Theft?
- What should I expect next from DOR?
- Why does the Department of Revenue need my social security number?
- How can Identity Theft Affect my tax account?
- What can I do to protect my personal information from identity thieves?
- What other resources are available to me?
DOR warns taxpayers to be aware of check overpayment scams involving fraudulent checks identified as Commonwealth of Massachusetts/Department of Revenue.
Nationally, tax fraud involving stolen identities is an increasing problem. Massachusetts is no exception.
DOR warns individuals against certain search engine results for "Massachusetts tax forms" that may contain a malicious virus that will infect computers.