Identity Theft Tax Fraud Hotline 1-800-940-7053

What is Identity Theft?

Identity theft occurs when a person knowingly transfers or uses, without lawful authority, a means of identification of another person with the intent to commit or to aid or abet any unlawful activity (18 United States Code 1028 (a) (7)). It is one of the fastest growing segments of financial crime in America. According to a study by Javelin Strategy & Research, 42 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2021, costing consumers $52 billion in total losses.

Effects of Identity Theft

Generally, identity thieves use someone’s personal data to steal his or her financial accounts and run up charges on the victim’s existing credit cards. But it can affect your tax records as follows:

  • Undocumented workers or other individuals use your social security number to get a job. The employer then reports W-2 wages they earned under your social security number to us. When you file your return based on your real W-2 income, it appears that you failed to report all of your income on your return.

  • An identity thief may file a return using your social security number to receive a refund. If the thief already filed a return using your social security number, our records will show that you already filed, received your refund, and the return you just submitted is a second copy or duplicate.

  • If we send you a notice, or letter that leads you to believe someone may have used your social security number fraudulently, contact us immediately by phone or in writing as directed in the notice. Our representatives will work with you to help resolve the problem. For example, you should contact us if the notice shows one of the following:

    • More than one tax return was filed under your name and social security number.
    • Our records show that you received wages from an employer that you do not recognize.

Avoid Becoming an Identity Theft Victim:

If You Become an Identity Theft Victim:

Contact Us
  • Fraud Hotline( 866.940.7053)
  • Telephone (225.219.2280)
  • Facsimile (225.219.2287)
  • Email (Report Tax Fraud )
  • Mailing Address
    Louisiana Department of Revenue
    Criminal Investigations Division
    P.O. Box 2389
    Baton Rouge, LA 70821-2389
  • Physical Address
    617 North 3rd Street, 2nd Floor
    Baton Rouge, LA 70802