Victims of tax identity theft may now request copies of fraudulent tax returns filed under the taxpayer’s name and social security number. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) previously disallowed the release of fraudulently filed tax returns for privacy reasons. Earlier in 2015, US Senator Kelly Ayotte wrote a letter to IRS Commissioner Koskinen addressing the issue and argued that if taxpayers cannot access the fraudulent returns, then they cannot take corrective and preventive measures to protect themselves from any further identity theft. In response, the IRS is allowing taxpayers to request redacted copies of fraudulently filed returns that used their personal information. Keep in mind, only the taxpayers who are primary and secondary on the tax return will be able to request this information. Dependents or other individuals will not be allowed to request the copies due to federal privacy laws. The IRS is also not releasing copies of identity theft returns that are in the process of being resolved.
To access additional information or to request a copy of a fraudulently filed tax return, please visit https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Instructions-for-Requesting-Copy-of-Fraudulent-Returns.