Did you know the federal government offers a one-stop resource to help victims of identity theft? As a professional tax preparer, you may be the first to discover that your client is a victim of tax-related identity theft.
The Federal Trade Commission offers IdentityTheft.gov where individuals can report identity theft and get a personal recovery plan to regain control of their finances and reputations. The site includes step-by-step guidance, streamlined checklists and pre-filled letters and forms for victims.
Tax preparers should familiarize themselves with IdentityTheft.gov and can direct clients to use the federal government resource in the unfortunate event of identity theft.