What is the Purpose of a Form 5071C?

This Form Can Be An Important Way to Protect and Identify Your Identity

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If you receive communications in the mail from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), it's common to feel nervous or even scared. But if you receive a Form 5071C, it's important to review the information and take action right away; its purpose is to help protect you.

What is a Form 5071C?

The IRS Form 5071C is a communication from the Internal Revenue Service that requests additional information to verify your identity.

Victims of Social Security identity theft might be familiar with the form; it can be the first notice a tax fraud victim that they are a victim.

You receive the letter if the IRS received a federal income tax return with your name or social security letter. here may have been some flags that the IRS picked up that made them suspect it was not actually filed by you. The form asks for some identifying information and for you to clarify if you submitted the return or not. 

What Do I Do if I Receive This Form?

If you receive the form 5071C, complete the following steps:

  • Use the security identification website idverify.irs.gov. It is a secure site run by the IRS where you can enter your information and verify your return electronically
  • If you do not have access to the internet or would prefer to resolve the issue over the phone, please call the number listed on your Form 5071C letter. The call center specialist will help you navigate through the process and resolve it as quickly as possible.
  • If you did not file the return listed on the Form 5071C, you can inform the IRS either via the website or by calling the number on the form. 
  • The website and number are only for tax return identification purposes; neither option can help you with tax refund status or other issues. 

When you contact them, you'll need to have several forms of identification on hand.

 They'll ask you to provide your social security number, your driver's license number, a copy of your birth certificate and will likely ask you questions about last year's tax return, such as your gross adjusted income. 

What Happens With the Return?

Once your tax return is verified as legitimate, your tax return will be processed; there is no need to resubmit your taxes. It sometimes can take as long as nine weeks to process after your identity has been confirmed. 

What Else Do I Need to Do if the Return Was False

After notifying the IRS your tax return was falsified, you will need to take other measures to protect your identity. Notify the three main credit bureaus, Equifax, Experian, and Transunion, that you are at risk of credit fraud. You can have a freeze put on your account so that no one can open any accounts, such as new credit cars, in your name.