Frequently Asked Questions

The Ohio Department of Taxation has compiled a list of frequently asked questions covering many different categories.

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Tax identity theft victims-recommended for all victims.

Steps to resolve:

  1. File a police report with your local law enforcement. Subsequently, if you have an Ohio driver's license, you may contact the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle's (BMV) at 614-752-7600 to alert them of the identity theft committed against you.
  2. Contact at least one of the three major credit bureaus to place a fraud alert or all three major credit bureaus to place a security freeze on your credit records:

    Equifax www.equifax.com 1-866-349-5191
    Experian www.experian.com 1-888-397-3742
    TransUnion www.transunion.com 1-800-680-7289
  3. Contact the following organizations to report identity theft:

    IRS ID Theft Protection Unit: www.irs.gov 1-800-908-4490
    Federal Trade Commission: www.ftc.gov 1-877-438-4338
    Social Security Administration: www.socialsecurity.gov 1-800-772-1213
  4. Complete and file IRS Form 14039, if a Federal Income Tax return was also filed without your permission or if you have reason to believe that your Federal income taxes may be affected. Keep a copy for your records.
  5. Visit the Federal Trade Commission's one-stop ID Theft assistance and information resource page at www.identitytheft.gov. Here you will be provided consumer reports, checklists, sample letters and links to other resources.
  6. Review http://www.idtheftcenter.org/ for various resources, tips, and assistance offered to identity theft victims. 

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