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Physicians Targeted in Fraudulent Tax Filings

MSMS has recently been made aware of several instances of fraudulent tax return filings involving Michigan physicians. This has been discovered when legitimate tax returns are filed and a notice is received that the return has already been filed. The source of this identity theft (i.e., the Social Security numbers, addresses and other information necessary to file a tax return and obtain a refund) is unknown at this time. An internal investigation at MSMS has revealed no information indicating that this information was stolen from MSMS.

If you are a victim of this type of identity theft you should:

  1. Contact the Internal Revenue Service Identity Protection Specialized Unit by calling 800-908-4490.
  2. Complete and file IRS Form 14039 - Identity Theft Affidavit with the required documentation.
  3. Contact the Michigan Department of Treasury by calling 517-636-4486, by email at Treasury-ReportIDTheft@michigan.gov or mail to: Identify Theft Unit, Income Tax Division, PO Box 30477, Lansing, MI 48909.
  4. Consider reporting the identity theft to credit reporting agencies:
    a.  Equifax: 800-525-6285
    b.  Experian: 888-397-3742
    c.  TransUnion: 800-680-7289

Additional information regarding tax related identity theft can be found at www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0008-tax-related-identity-theft. MSMS will monitor this situation and make additional information available as it becomes available.

For more information, contact Stacey Hettiger at MSMS at 517-336-5766 or shettiger@msms.org.

 

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