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Getting to Know IRS Letter 4310C

Getting to Know IRS Letter 4310C

When you get a Letter 4310C, it is an indication or warning that a scammer has breached your tax returns or that a scammer has attempted to impersonate your details to use your identity and social security number (SSN).

Why the IRS is Contacting You

  • The IRS contacts you to inform you of the procedures to safeguard and resolve the issue.

  • Your tax returns have been adjusted to fit the original identity, and the information has been resolved on your return.

  • The IRS will further place a notification on your account to alert them whenever a felon tries to use your SSN or other information to submit a tax return. Henceforth, such an attempt will be flagged as identity theft.

  • The IRS will examine the returns to find the return filing via fraudulent use of SSN. 

What the IRS expects from you

If you have submitted the tax returns for that year included in the letter from the IRS, they will need nothing from you. But if that tax year returns have not been submitted, you are expected to mail a paper return to the IRS Processing Campus in your residing state. 

The letter will come with all the necessary steps to take. In the meantime, the IRS expects you to file regular federal tax returns. However, Uncle Sam will contact you if they face a problem processing the taxes. Remember that the IRS will not communicate or ask you to provide any information via email. 

Also, the instruction on the IRS's Publication 5027, Identity Theft Information for Taxpayers (PDF), is to protect taxpayers against unusual or suspicious activities on their financial accounts. 

On your subsequent filings, you can verify your identity by using a 6-digit code, an Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN). Once you request it, the IRS will send it to you by December. 

How to verify your Identity

You can verify your identity by requesting your IP PIN from the IRS website. The site will tackle your request immediately for tax return use. 

Defining tax-related theft of identity

People who steal tax information use it in different ways. Some use the information to claim a refund by filing over-estimated returns using a taxpayer's identification and social security number. 

If your information has been used, you'll notice it once you try to file a tax return. Then, the IRS will inform you that your tax returns have already been submitted.

However, the IRS will inform you of such fraud if they notice any suspicious return submitted by a fraudster using your SSN.

Another way the IRS suspects such fraud is when the identity thief file above the refund or claim for the payment.

The IRS also advises taxpayers to be aware of phone scams. The thief threatens the taxpayer with an arrest, license revocation, or deportation, forcing the taxpayer to remit undue payment. 

Another method is phishing. The thieves send fake mail with due refunds or expected amounts of taxes. Such emails are to get personal information by inserting links to fake websites. A taxpayer should keep in mind that the IRS will not send an email about a refund or bill without alerting the taxpayer.

How You Should Deal With It:

All correspondence from Uncle Sam will be via mail. The letter sent by the IRS contains a number you can call. For example, they send a letter 5071C to verify your identity because the returns are filed in your name. Also, they could send a letter 4883C, which requires additional information to verify identity. Sometimes you could receive a letter 12C to get additional information to process your return. Also, you might get a letter 4310C as a confirmation by the IRS of your identity.



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