State issues warning about tax-related scams

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News Release

INDIANAPOLIS — Attorney General Todd Rokita is warning Hoosiers of post-tax season scams, which he said occur far too often in communities across Indiana.

“Scammers will steal innocent taxpayers’ identities and use it to file fraudulent tax returns,” Rokita said. “Many families are looking forward to tax refunds to help pay their currently inflated bills or to simply get away for a few days this summer. Don’t let these con artists steal your identity and eventually, your money.”

Tax-identity thieves use other people’s Social Security Numbers to file taxes and/or even obtain jobs. Most victims will likely not even be aware this has happened. Some will be notified upon e-filing that a tax return has already been filed using their SSN.

Rokita reminds Hoosiers to review the warning signs released from the IRS on possible tax-related identity theft related to tax scams:

  • More than one tax return was filed for you.
  • You owe additional taxes, have a refund offset, or have had collection actions taken against you for a year you did not file a tax return.
  • IRS records indicate you received wages or other income from an employer for whom you did not work.

Anyone who thinks they have been the victim of tax-related or any other type of identity theft, can file a complaint online by visiting or by calling 1-800-382-5516.