Tax Commission News Release
Identity verification safeguards taxpayers, refunds
BOISE, IDAHO — Feb. 15, 2018 — After you file your income taxes, the Idaho State Tax Commission may send you a letter asking you to validate your identity or verify whether you filed a tax return. The goal is to protect your personal information and keep refunds from going to criminals.
All income tax returns go through identity theft fraud detection before any refunds are issued. If you receive a letter, you should take action right away. Once you confirm your identity or confirm that you filed a return, your refund will continue processing.
If you receive a verification letter but confirm that you haven’t filed a return, you could be a victim of identity theft. The Tax Commission will follow up with you to help you take the next steps.
“Recent data breaches have made even more people vulnerable to identity theft,” said Renee Eymann, the Tax Commission’s public information officer. “Our verification process helps prevent criminals from stealing refunds by filing a false tax return in your name,” she added.
Last year, the Tax Commission sent more than 39,000 verification letters to taxpayers and stopped over $523,000 from going to criminals.
For more information, visit tax.idaho.gov/idverify. You can also call (208) 334-7660 in the Boise area or toll-free at (800) 972-7660.
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