URGENT: IRS letter to confirm your identity is authentic

legitTaxpayers are suspicious of any “official-looking” IRS communications these days due to the prevalence of tax-related phishing and scam attempts, but if you get a letter from the IRS this tax season asking you to verify you identity, it’s probably authentic.  The Internal Revenue Service is sending letters to verify the identity of taxpayers as part of its effort this tax season to combat the growing problem of identity theft.

The IRS said taxpayers should use a special Identity Verification Service website, idverify.irs.gov, which will provide the fastest, easiest way to complete the task.

In the letter, known as Letter 5071C, the IRS asks taxpayers to verify their identity in order to complete processing of their return if the taxpayer did file it or reject the return if the taxpayer did not file it.

If you’re a client of ShindelRock and you receive this letter, we’re happy to help you explain what it means and complete your verification with the IRS.