Tax Commission News Release
Identity verification helps combat tax refund fraud
BOISE, IDAHO — Feb. 7, 2017 — The Idaho State Tax Commission may ask you to prove that you are who you say you are in its effort to protect your data and keep refunds from going to criminals. The Tax Commission may contact you by mail for more information about your income tax return.
If you receive a letter from us, you should take it seriously and reply quickly. These letters include:
- An identity verification letter that asks you to:
- Take a short online quiz or provide copies of documents to verify your identity, or
- Indicate that you didn’t file the return.
- A PIN letter that asks you to verify online whether you or someone you authorized filed the tax return we received.
Once you confirm your identity or confirm that you filed a return, we can continue to process your refund.
“Identity theft and tax refund fraud are two top cybercrimes,” said Renee Eymann, public information officer for the Idaho State Tax Commission. “This verification is a safeguard to prevent criminals from using your identity to steal refunds by filing a false tax return in your name,” she added.
Last year, the Tax Commission sent more than 23,000 verification letters to taxpayers and stopped nearly $800,000 from going to criminals.
For more information, read our Identity Verification FAQs at tax.idaho.gov/idverify. You can also visit tax.idaho.gov to find tips on getting faster refunds and check your refund status. For help with other tax-related questions, call the Tax Commission at (208) 334-7660 in the Boise area or toll-free at (800) 972-7660.
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