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IRS Offers Tips on Validating Your Identity on Your Tax Return
You should always keep a copy of your tax return. It is even more important for 2017, as the Internal Revenue Service moves to strengthen its e-signature validation process.
You must use your 2015 adjusted gross income or your 2015 self-select PIN to validate your identity on your federal electronic tax return this tax season. The electronic filing PIN is no longer available as an option.
The IRS, state tax agencies and the nation’s tax industry – partners in combating identity theft -ask for your help in their efforts. Working in partnership with you, we can make a difference.
That’s why we launched a public awareness campaign that we call “Taxes. Security. Together.” We’ve also launched a series of security awareness tips that can help protect you from cybercriminals.
As part of the IRS efforts to protect taxpayers, the e-signature validation change mostly affects those taxpayers who have used tax software in the past but are changing software brands in 2017. If that’s you, learn more about how to verify your identity and electronically sign your tax return at Validating Your Electronically Filed Tax Return.
Here are a few important steps:
This change will not affect most taxpayers. For example, if you are a returning customer, your software generally will automatically populate your date of birth and “shared secret” information. Those of you who switched software products generally must enter the “shared secret” information yourself.
If you don’t have a copy of your 2015 tax return, you may be able to get a copy from your prior-year software provider. If your software account is still active, you may be able to view your 2015 federal return to find your AGI. Or, you may ask your prior-year tax preparer for a copy if you had your return prepared professionally. If those are not options, you may use a Get Transcript self-help tool on IRS.gov to get a Tax Return Transcript showing your AGI.
Use Get Transcript Online to immediately view your AGI. You must pass the Secure Access identity verification process. Select the “Tax Return Transcript” and use only the “Adjusted Gross Income” line entry.
Use Get Transcript by Mail or call 800-908-9946 if you cannot pass Secure Access and need to request a Tax Return Transcript. Please allow five to 10 days for delivery. Use only the “Adjusted Gross Income” line entry.
The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry joined together as the Security Summit to enact a series of initiatives to help protect you from tax-related identity theft. You can help by taking these basic steps.
With over 10,000 tax returns submitted in the last 10 years, Brad Lusk at Affordable Tax Consultants has experience in not only personal returns, but also with small business, rental properties, farms, estates and more. Specializing in personal returns, Brad takes his time to connect with all of his clients to provide a personalized approach along with expert advice. Brad is consistent with staying on top of all the ongoing changes in the tax world, by continuing his education throughout the year.
Designations Brad has earned through the IRS include:
-Registered Tax Return Preparer (RTRP)
-Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP)
“Filing your income taxes is one of the most important financial transactions of the year. This is why it is important to us that you receive the attention necessary to get the job done correctly,” Brad says.
If you want to save yourself work and get back money that you deserve, visit Brad today at Affordable Tax Consultants, 6 Billingsley Drive, just of U.S. 50/Green Blvd., in Aurora, Indiana.
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