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IRS Identity Verification Letters

March 1, 2017


IRS Identity Verification Letters
As part of their fight against tax identity theft the IRS will send an individual a letter (Letter 4883C) when they believe a return that was filed in the individual’s name may not have been filed by that individual. The Letter 4883C asks the individual to call a toll-free IRS Identity Verification telephone number to verify their identity.

In order to expedite the identity verification process the individual should have the following available when they call:

  • Copy of Letter 4883C
  • Copy of 2015 tax return
  • Copy of 2016 federal return, as well as any supporting documents such as W-2’s, 1099’s, Schedule C, etc.

Once an individual has verified themselves and confirmed that they submitted the return, it will take approximately 9 weeks to complete the processing of the return.

If the individual did file the return it is important that they call the IRS and verify themselves so that the IRS can complete the processing of their 2016 federal return and release any refund associated with it. If they do not call, the IRS will consider the return invalid and that they have not filed a 2016 return.

See Understanding Your 4883C Letter page on the IRS website for more information.

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