The Alabama Department of Revenue is breaking new ground with a transformative tool called eID. eID, an electronic identification solution developed with partner MorphoTrust USA, empowers you to secure your state tax returns by taking a selfie through the eID app on your smart phone.
Here’s a BONUS – by securing your Alabama state tax refund with your eID, your tax return will receive priority processing, meaning you’ll get your refund faster! For more information on the MorphoTrust Alabama eID, go to www.alabamaeid.com. Apple iOS users can download the app from the App Store by searching “MorphoTrust eID” and Android users can download the app from the Google Play store by searching “MorphoTrust.” (Click here for a list of supported devices.)
Identity theft and tax refund crimes are widespread problems that affect millions of Americans every year. The Alabama Department of Revenue works diligently every day to combat criminals who steal taxpayer identities and use this information to file bogus tax returns. Through our enhanced systems and processes, we weed out phony returns and stop tax refunds from being sent to criminals. ADOR also has played an important role in the Security Summit, a partnership with the IRS, other state tax agencies, and companies and trade associations in the tax and financial services industries, that has established stronger security measures.
Here are some things you need to know and some resources you can use to help ensure that YOU get YOUR money, and not some criminal.
Notification of Returns Received with Your SSN
If you have registered at My Alabama Taxes (MAT), and have access to your Individual Income Tax account, you can opt-in to a service that will notify you when ADOR receives Individual Income Tax returns that have been filed using your Social Security number. This service can help alert you to the possibility that criminals have your information and are using it to steal money from you and the state. You can opt-in by logging into your MAT account and following the link, “Notify Me of Filed Returns.”
My Alabama Taxes is the convenient and secure way to access a variety of ADOR’s online services. In MAT you can quickly and easily file tax returns, make payments, view letters, manage your accounts, and conduct other common transactions with the department.
Alabama Taxpayer Identity Protection Program
Once your return is accepted by the Alabama Department of Revenue, you may be asked to complete a 5-minute The ID Confirmation Quiz. The ID Confirmation Quiz is part of an effort designed to protect your identity and your tax refund. Once you have completed the quiz and your identity has been confirmed, ADOR will continue processing your tax return. Those taxpayers asked to take the quiz will receive notification by mail sent to the address on the return. The notification will include specific instructions for completing the quiz.
Was Your Return Rejected Because ADOR Already Received It?
Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. Generally, a criminal will use your SSN to file a false return early in the year. You may be unaware you are a victim until you receive a notice from ADOR or try to file your taxes and learn one already has been filed using your SSN.
If your SSN is compromised and you know or suspect you are a victim of tax-related identity theft, take these additional steps:
- Respond immediately to any notice received from the Alabama Department of Revenue; follow the notice instructions or call the number provided.
- If you have not received a notice, contact our Compliance Unit at 334-353-9770.
- Complete Form INV ID1 – Identity Theft Affidavit and mail to the address on the form.
Continue to pay your taxes and file your tax return, even if you must do so by paper. Include with the paper return: the Identity Theft Affidavit; a copy of your picture ID (driver’s license or non-driver’s ID); and one additional form of identification, such as a utility bill or bank statement.
Were You Affected by the IRS Get Transcripts Breach?
If you were affected by the IRS Get Transcripts breach, please know that we have taken internal steps within our system, noting that you were affected by the IRS Get Transcripts data breach. You will automatically be notified when the Alabama Department of Revenue receives a tax return that has been filed using your Social Security number, alerting you to the possibility that criminals have your information and are using it to steal money from you and the state. You will be sent a verification code and will be asked to verify whether or not you filed a return by going to My Alabama Taxes and clicking on the “Verify My Return” link.
What Can You Do to Protect Yourself?
Taxes. Security. Together.
The Security Summit launched this awareness campaign to better inform you about the need to protect your personal, tax and financial data online and at home. People continue to fall prey to clever cybercriminals who trick them into giving up Social Security numbers, account numbers or password information. In turn, criminals use this information a variety of ways, including filing fraudulent tax returns.
Protect Yourself from Identity Theft
Identity thieves have many ways to obtain your personal information. However, there are a number of precautions you can take to minimize your risk. This video provides 5 tips you can use to protect yourself against identity theft and fraud.
Signs You Might Be a Victim
Identity theft occurs when someone obtains your personal information – such as your social security number, credit card or bank account numbers, passwords, etc. – to defraud or commit crimes.
You might be a victim of identity theft if:
- Someone else has filed a tax return in your name;
- You have an overdue balance or collection action from a year you did not file a tax return;
- You find confirmed IRS records of wages from an employer you never worked for.
- Identity Theft.gov (Federal Trade Commission)
- Recovering from Identity Theft (Federal Trade Commission)
- IRS Identity Protection Tips (IRS)
- Protecting Your Investment (Social Security Administration)
- Identity Protection: Prevention, Detection and Victim Assistance (IRS)
- FTC: Tax-Related Identity Theft (Federal Trade Commission)