New Identity Safeguards for 2016 Tax Returns (State and Federal)

For 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Nebraska Department of Revenue (DOR) are taking steps to reduce tax-related identity theft, which has become a growing issue. For example, in 2013, the IRS identified almost $30 billion of fraudulent refund requests. While most of the efforts at the IRS will be invisible to the taxpayer, new login steps for e-filers of federal returns will likely be noticeable.

On the state level, each state is taking different procedures to prevent tax-related identity theft. In Nebraska, the DOR will request further information from taxpayers who elect to use the e-filing system. The DOR will ask for a driver’s license or similar state issued ID card during the e-filing process. This additional identity information is voluntary and a tax return will be processed if it does not contain this information, however, it may take longer to process in order to ensure that the return is not fraudulent.

When filing, if the IRS or DOR notes that you have filed more than one tax return, or the records indicate work income from an employer you did not perform work for in the tax year, or you somehow have an abnormal taxing event, steps should be taken to determine whether you are a victim of tax-related identity theft, to prevent further damage.

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