|ANDOVER MA 05501
In reply rerer to: 1176384421
08, 2016 LTR 4402C 3
555-44-3281 000000 00
WILLIAM H PAYNE
13015 CALLE DE SANDIAS NE
WHY WE'RE SENDING YOU THIS LETTER
Thank you for sending us documents to support your identity theft
report. We verified your documents and marked your account with an identity
You have the opportunity to voluntarily opt in to
receive an Identity Protection Personal Identification Number CIP PIN) to
expand protection of your account from tax-related identity theft.
IP PIN is a six-digit number assigned to taxpayers to help prevent the misuse
of their social security number CSSN) on fraudulent federal income tax returns.
Once you get an IP PIN, you must use it to confirm your identity on your tax
return and any delinquent returns filed during the calendar year. IP PINs are
reset annually in December.
An IP PIN helps us to verify your identity
and accept your tax return whether it is submitted electronically or on paper.
A missing or incorrect IP PIN prevents the electronic filing of a tax return
with your SSN and personal information. Paper returns filed with a missing or
incorrect IP PIN will be subject to additional review.
Requesting an IP
PIN is strictly voluntary and if you choose not to participate in the program,
you can file your return as you would normally. At this time, if you choose to
receive an IP PIN, you can't opt out in future years.
You have the
option to create an online account immediately at www.irs.gov/getanippin,
verify your identity, and retrieve your IP PIN to file your federal tax return.
Important: If you're unable to verify your identity online, you won't
be able to get an IP PIN. You should file your return without an IP PIN.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO NOW
Please continue to file your federal tax
returns as you normally would. Once you receive an IP PIN, use it to confirm
your identity on any federal tax returns you file in the next calendar year. If
fail to use your assigned IP PIN, your return may be rejected or
Monitor your financial accounts. Report immediately any
suspicious or unusual activity you discover by doing the following:
Contact any financial institution where you notice or have noticed suspicious
or unusual activity on your financial accounts.
- Contact the fraud
department of one of the three major credit bureaus at the following telephone
- Equifax, 800-525-6285 (www.equifax.com)
- TransUnion, 800-680-7289
- Report any fraudulent activity to your local
police or sheriff's department. Make sure the police report lists the accounts
with th suspicious activity. Get a copy of the police report, which is called
an "identity theft report". Credit card companies and banks may require you to
verify identity theft.
- File a complaint with the Federal Trade
Commission (FTC) in one of the following ways:
- call its Identity
Theft Hotline at 1-877-ID-Theft, 1-877-438-433
- visit it online at
- write to it at: Identity Theft Clearinghouse
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
The IRS does not initiate contact
or request personal information through email. Please forward to us at
phishing~irs.gov any unsolicited e-mail communication you've received claiming
to be from us.
The enclosed Publication 4535, Identity Theft Prevention
and Victim Assistance, has more information.
WHERE TO FIND ADDITIONAL
The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is an independent
organization within the IRS that can help protect your taxpayer rights. We can
offer you help if your tax problem is causing a hardship, or you've
tried but haven't been able to resolve your problem with the IRS. If you
qualify for our assistance, which is always free, we will do everything
possible to help you. Visit taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov or call 1-877-777-4778.
Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) are independent from the IRS. LITCs
serve individuals whose income is below a certain level and w~ need to resolve
a tax problem with the IRS. LITCs provide professior representation before the
IRS or in court on audits, appeals, tax collection disputes, and other issues
for free or for a small fee. F more information and to find an LITC near you,
see the LITC pages at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/litcmap or IRS Publication
4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. This publication is also available by
calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or visiting your local IRS office.
HOW TO CONTACT US
You can contact us at 1-800-908-4490, if you need
further guidance regarding identity theft.
You also can contact us for
assistance related to a specific notice letter you received by calling the
telephone number printed on the correspondence. The employees at that number
will be familiar with your account issue.
PATRICIA A. GONZALEZ
OPERATION 1 MANAGER