Don’t worry if you receive Letter 5071C from the Internal Revenue Service. It’s for your own good.
The IRS this week said in a release that the letters will be sent to taxpayers whose returns are somehow suspicious and could indicate identity theft.
“Taxpayers may receive a letter when the IRS stops suspicious tax returns that have indications of being identity theft but contains a real taxpayer’s name and/or Social Security number,” the agency stated.
In Letter 5071C, taxpayers will be asked to visit an identification verification website. If they did not file the return in question, the IRS will take steps to assist. If they did file it, processing will continue.
The IRS will not contact taxpayers, in the first instance, by email or by phone. Along with the website, taxpayers will be given the option of calling a dedicated verification phone number.
For more information visit IRS.gov. The agency emphasizes that taxpayers seeking to visit the official IRS site should not use a URL ending in .com, .org, .net or otherwise.