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How the Department Works to Protect Your Identity

February 10, 2016

Have you noticed mysterious withdrawals from your account? Have you gotten a bill you don’t recognize?

These are few signs your identity may have been compromised. If an identity thief gets the right information he also could use that information to submit a tax return in your name and steal your rightful refund before you even know it’s gone.

This year, the Indiana Department of Revenue’s Identity Protection Program continues to increase security measures to protect Hoosiers and the state from identity theft and identity fraud. Since its inception in 2014, the Identity Protection Program has stopped more than $100 million in fraudulent tax refund attempts.

As part of the Identity Protection Program, some taxpayers will be asked to confirm their identities by taking the Identity Confirmation Quiz. Those selected to take the quiz will receive a letter from the department. The letter first asks taxpayers to confirm that the name and address information on the letter matches an Indiana tax return they recently submitted. If taxpayers receive this letter and the identity information is not correct or they did not submit an Indiana tax return, they should not complete the quiz, but rather follow the letter’s instructions to contact the department.

The Identity Confirmation Quiz is taken on a secure website or over the phone and contains four short questions, which only the taxpayer asked to complete the quiz are able to answer.

It is important to note that taxpayers asked to complete the Identity Confirmation Quiz are not being suspected of identity theft. The Identity Protection Program and the Identity Confirmation Quiz are designed to further protect taxpayers’ identities and tax refunds.

To learn more about the Identity Protection Program and how you can keep your identity safe this tax season, click here.

Resources for Tax Preparers and Volunteers

February 8, 2016

Year after year, many Hoosier taxpayers rely on the expertise and guidance of tax preparers and volunteers to file their taxes.

But even the most experienced and knowledgeable tax preparers and volunteers run into problems or have questions during tax season. For this reason, the department provides a number of helpful resources to help tax preparers and volunteers provide top-notch service to taxpayers.

Resources for Tax Preparers
Tax preparers are an integral part of tax season. For more information about a variety of tax topics, visit the Tax Professionals webpage here.

Want answers to frequently asked questions? Click here.

Tax professionals may be interested in subscribing to our biannual newsletter, Tax Dispatch. This newsletter features information specifically designed for tax practitioners. Click here to read past issues and subscribe to email updates.

Need extra help with a specific tax issue? Click here to contact the department.

Resources for Volunteers
Thanks to the generosity of volunteers, many of Indiana’s low-income, elderly, and special-needs taxpayers have an opportunity to file their taxes at no cost.

Need to know about special tax guidelines for senior citizens or military personnel? Want more information about specific tax types? Find answers to these questions and many more here.

Volunteers also may be interested in checking out the Volunteer Tax Handbook, which outlines important tax information.

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