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What is Identity Theft?

When someone illegally obtains your personal or financial information such as your social security number (SSN), date of birth, or credit card number(s) and uses it without your permission, you have been a victim of identity theft.

How Identity Theft may affect your tax records

One way an identity thief may use a stolen SSN is to file a tax return in order to receive a fraudulent tax refund. You may learn that this has happened if you receive an unexpected notice or correspondence from either the New Jersey Division of Taxation or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding your tax records. The Division of Taxation, for instance, might notify you that a return was already filed using your SSN or that W-2 information you reported differs from the information on your original filing.

Identity theft can affect a taxpayer’s current, past or future tax records.

What to do if you believe that you are a victim of Identity Theft

  1. Click here to submit information on Identity Theft or Complete and submit a signed copy of Form IDT-100 to the Division of Taxation at the following address:

    New Jersey Division of Taxation
    Attn: Identity Theft
    P.O. Box 272
    Trenton, NJ  08695-0272

    Be sure to include all documents requested on the form, including a description of the problem and a copy of any notice(s) you received from the Division of Taxation. If you need help completing the form, please call our Customer Service Center at (609) 292-6400.

  2. If you haven’t already done so, complete and submit IRS Form 14039 (Identity Theft Affidavit) which you can find on the Internal Revenue Service website

  3. Review the Victim’s Reference Guide on the New Jersey State Police website for information about other steps you should take.

Other Identity Theft Resources

Federal Trade Commission or call 877-438-4338
New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs
IRS Guide to Identity Theft

Last Updated: Wednesday, 08/20/14

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