If you receive a Letter 5071C request from the IRS to verify your identity, the Internal Revenue Service recommends that you visit their website idverify.irs.gov for the safest and most efficient way to complete this task.
This website will ask a series of questions that only the real taxpayer can answer, making it the safest way to perform this task. Once your identity is verified, the taxpayer may confirm whether or not they filed the initial return. If you did file the return, it can take up to six weeks to get this form processed and to receive your refund. If you did not file the return, the IRS can then take the right steps for identity fraud.
A Letter 5071C is mailed through the U.S. Postal Service to the address specified on the return. This letter requests the verification of your identity in order to complete the process of the return. The IRS does not send these requests via email or over the phone and will only request this information through the mail.
Although you have the option to confirm your identity over the phone by calling the toll-free number indicated on the letter, the call volume is usually high. This leaves the IRS-sponsored website, idverify.irs.gov, as the most efficient option to verify your identity.
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