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 What is tax-related data theft?

Tax related identity theft occurs when someone uses your client's stolen Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. Identity thieves may also use a stolen PTIN from your business to file fraudulent returns.

What are the warning signs?

Warning signs of tax-related data theft include:

  • more than one tax return was filed using a client's SSN
  • DOR records indicate your client received wages from an unknown employer
  • more than one of your clients received a letter (reference letter IA or ID) stating that his or her identity may have been used to claim a fraudulent refund
  • a tax return has been filed for a state in which you do not file returns
  • the number of returns filed on your IRS PTIN account is greater than and/or does not match your records

Did someone file a tax return using your client’s SSN?

If your client’s SSN has been compromised and there is reason to believe they are at risk for tax related identity theft, please take these steps:

  • If your client received a Kentucky Department of Revenue reference letter IA or ID, follow the instructions on the letter or contact us at identitytheft@ky.gov.  
  • Visit ​Identity Theft Victims for information on how to file your client’s return.

Did someone file a tax return using your PTIN? 

  • Complete IRS Form 14157.
  • Forward it to the address listed on the form.
  • Email a copy of IRS Form 14157 to identitytheft@ky.gov.
  • In the body of the email please include the number of returns that have been filed under your compromised PTIN for Kentucky. 

The above steps will allow us to place an alert on your PTIN account and monitor for continued misuse.

Monitor your PTIN for suspicious activity

To verify that the number of returns you have filed matches the number on your PTIN account, follow these steps:

  1. Visit https://www.irs.gov/tax-professionals/ptin and log into your PTIN account.
  2. From the main menu, select Additional Activities.
  3. Under Additional Activities, select View Returns Filed Per PTIN.
  4. A chart labeled Returns Per PTIN should appear.
  5. A count of individual income tax returns filed and processed in the current year will be displayed. 

Please request a new PTIN from the IRS if you detect fraudulent activity on your PTIN.

Report Tax Fraud

If you suspect or know of an individual or business that is not complying with the tax laws, please let us know.

​Report Tax Fraud​

Protect Your Identity

The Department of Revenue is working hard to protect you and your data.  But there ​are many things you can do to protect yourself and your personal information.  Here are several excellent resources for preventing identity theft.

Federal Trade Commission

Identity Theft Resource Center

IRS Security Awareness Tax Tips


The Kentucky Department of Revenue conducts work
under the authority of the Finance and Administration Cabinet.