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Reporting Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud


The following is a checklist to help you gather information for law enforcement if your identity was used to file a fraudulent income tax return or if you believe that you may be a victim of identity theft.

  • Contact IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit (800) 908-4490

    •  IRS Identity Theft Affidavit (Form 14039)

  • Contact Iowa Department of Revenue

    •  Complete the Identity Theft form below

  • Place a fraud alert on your credit reports

    • TransUnion (800) 680-7289

    • Equifax (800) 525-6285

    • Experian (888) 397-3742

  • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

    • Identity Theft Hotline (877) ID-THEFT

  • File a report with local police agency

  • Contact Iowa Attorney General’s Office (800) 373-5044

    • Obtain Identity Theft Passport

Identity Theft Reporting

The Department is committed to assisting taxpayers who are the victims of identity theft, and continually strives to increase data security to stop fraudulent returns before they are processed. Due to our rigorous screening process, taxpayers who are victims of identity theft may experience longer than normal processing times for their tax returns. We understand that identity theft is a frustrating process for victims, and we are diligently working to combat the issue and protect taxpayers.

Have you been a victim of identity theft?

If you feel you have been the victim of identity theft, please report it to us immediately using our web form below, or if you do not have computer access by calling (515) 281-5986. 

Was your electronic return rejected by the IRS?

If your electronic return was rejected by the IRS, please take the following steps:

  1. Report the identity theft to us using our web form below or if you do not have access to a computer by calling (515) 281-5986.  We will put an ID theft alert on your account for added protection.
  2. File your Iowa return either electronically, if your tax software permits, or in paper form by mailing it to the Department of Revenue at this address:

Iowa Income Tax Document Processing, PO Box 9187, Des Moines, IA  50306-9187

NOTE:  Include a copy of your federal return, all W2s and 1099s, and any necessary schedules. If you are filing by paper you may also attach a copy of your IRS Identity Theft Affidavit (form 14039) to your Iowa return.

For additional information and resources, visit the IRS Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft.

Identity Theft Form

Complete and submit this form if you are a victim of identity theft.

Enter your first name here
Enter your last name here
Enter phone number (###-###-####)
Enter email address here
Maximum of 4 digits allowed

What happens next?

Once we receive your web form, we will place an Identity Theft Alert on your account. Returns filed after we have added the alert will be processed by members of our Fraud Team.  If we have any questions, or need additional information, we will contact you at the number you provided above.