Quick Answer: Why Would Someone File Taxes With My Social Security Number?

Can I still file my taxes if someone claimed me?

If you can be claimed as a dependent on your parents’ return, you can still file your own return so that you can receive a refund of taxes withheld.

(You will not get back anything for Social Security or Medicare withheld.).

Can you put a freeze on your Social Security number?

How do I place a freeze on my credit reports? You’ll need to supply your name, address, date of birth, Social Security number and other personal information. After receiving your freeze request, each credit bureau will provide you with a unique PIN (personal identification number) or password.

What is the most common form of identity theft?

Financial identity theftFinancial identity theft. This is the most common form of identity theft — when someone uses another person’s information for financial gain. For instance, a fraudster may use your bank account or credit card numbers to steal money or make purchases, or use your Social Security number to open a new credit card.

How does the IRS verify your identity?

The IRS offers only two ways to verify your identity: Online at the IRS Identity Verification Service website. By phone at the toll-free number listed on your 5071C Letter.

Can I find out who claimed my child on their taxes?

The IRS won’t tell you who claimed your dependent. Usually, you can identify the possibilities and ask (commonly, a former spouse). But if you don’t suspect anyone who could have claimed the dependent, your dependent may be a victim of tax identity theft.

How do you find out who is claiming you on their taxes?

You can’t and the IRS will not tell you. You will only find out if you e-file your tax return and it is rejected because your name and Social Security number was already entered on a tax return accepted by the IRS. Then you can only print and mail your tax return.

What happens if someone has your Social Security number?

A dishonest person who has your Social Security number can use it to get other personal information about you. Identity thieves can use your number and your good credit to apply for more credit in your name. Then, they use the credit cards and don’t pay the bills, it damages your credit.

What can someone do with my SSN and DOB?

Once someone has your Social Security number, they can essentially become you. They may be able to collect tax refunds, collect benefits and income, commit crimes, make purchases, set up phone numbers and websites, establish residences, and use health insurance—all in your name.

What do you do if someone steals your Social Security number?

Report the theft of the Social Security number to the IRS at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Identity-Protection. You can also call 1-800-908-4490. That will prevent tax-fraud thieves from filing tax returns in your name — and collecting your tax refund.

Is it safe to enter SSN on IRS website?

While it’s always good practice to avoid putting your social security number and other personal information into websites, there is a legitimate IRS site that can tell you the status of your refund. To access the real IRS page, go to IRS.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments and click on “Get My Payment.”

Does IRS investigate identity theft?

The IRS will work to correct your stolen identity refund fraud, issue your refund (if you’re getting a refund), and protect you from future tax identity theft.

Can someone access my bank account with my Social Security number?

Your Social Security number is the most important piece of personal information a bank needs when extending you credit or opening an account. With that number, a thief can get credit cards or loans, and when it comes time to repay them, they won’t, damaging your credit in the process.

Why is the IRS saying my Social Security number is wrong?

IRS reconciles the name, social security number, and the date of birth with the SSA records on file. An error is generated if it does not match the tax return EXACTLY. … Please check with SSA by calling this number: 1 (800) 772-1213.

Do I get a stimulus check if someone claimed me?

Adults who are claimed as dependents do not get stimulus checks. The person who claimed them also do not get dependent benefits.

What do you do if someone filed taxes with your Social Security number?

If you believe that someone stole your SSN to file the return, you should call the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 1-800-908-4490 for assistance.

How do I find out if someone used my Social Security number to file taxes?

at 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338) or go to: www.identitytheft.gov/ To order a copy of your Social Security Administration earnings and benefits statement, or to check whether someone has used your Social Security number to get a job or to avoid paying taxes, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/statement/.

Does IRS ask for SSN?

Taxpayers and tax professionals who call the IRS will be asked to verify their identities. … Social Security numbers and birth dates for those who were named on the tax return. An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number letter if the taxpayer has one instead of an SSN.

How can I check if my SSN is being used?

To see if your Social Security number is being used by someone else for employment purposes, review your Social Security Statement at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount to look for suspicious activity. Finally, you’ll want to use additional scrutiny by regularly checking your bank and credit card accounts online.