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CP01 – Identity Theft

CP01 – Facing Identity Theft?

Like every notice from the IRS, when you receive the Notice CP01, it is for a reason that you ought to pay attention to. The IRS communicates with taxpayers about their taxes through messages called notices. If you receive a notice from the IRS, it is in your best interest to understand what the notice is about, why you’re getting it, and how you should respond.

Responding to an IRS notice is very important. But it is even more important to respond on time. There is a stipulated time set for a taxpayer to respond to certain notices. Failure to respond before the deadline erases your right to respond and may incur certain penalties. And this might spell bad news for you.

How should I respond to a CP01 notice of Identity Theft?

When you receive an identity theft notice, things are slightly different because you are not expected to respond to this notice. Your next question may be why the IRS sent you a notice that they don’t expect you to respond to and we’ll explain why.

If you have received a Notice CP01 from the IRS, it is due to the following reasons:

– You reported to the IRS that you were a victim of identity theft and provided them with enough documents to prove your claim.

– In response to your report, the IRS began to observe your account and income tax returns and then adjusted your account to shoulder the identity theft you have experienced.

– The IRS then sent the Notice CP01 to inform you that an indicator for identity theft has been set on your account and every necessary correction has been made.

– The notice also lets you know that you will be provided with an IP PIN that you should include when filing your next tax return.

The identity theft indicator remains on your tax account for as long as possible, unless you request that it be removed. You do not have to worry about it being present on your tax documents because it does not affect your taxes or tax return in any way. With an Identity Theft notice on your records, you can still file your taxes, receive refunds, and make payments as usual.

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