Alabama Department of Revenue fighting tax identity theft
MONTGOMERY, Ala.-The Alabama Department of Revenue continues to battle refund fraud related to identity theft. The department has now made it easier for taxpayers who have been victimized by ID theft to file an Identity Theft Affidavit with the department by making it available online.
Any taxpayer that has been or thinks they have been a victim of identity theft is encouraged to submit this form. Filing an Identity Theft Affidavit with the department initiates a series of system checks and safeguards to ensure fraudulent refunds are not issued.
“We have observed a dramatic increase in identity theft over the past five years,” said Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee.
Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses a stolen Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund.
The process to submit the form is simple and can be found on the Alabama Department of Revenue’s website.
Once all of the information on the form is complete, the taxpayer will be asked to submit a photocopy of either their driver’s license, non-driver ID, Social Security card, or passport to verify their identity. The Alabama Department of Revenue does not start contact with a taxpayer by sending an email, text or social media post that asks for personal or financial information.