What is Identity Theft?
When someone illegally obtains your personal or financial information such as your social security number (SSN), date of birth, or credit card number(s) and uses it without your permission.
How Identity Theft may affect your tax records
One way an identity thief may use a stolen SSN is to file a tax return in order to receive an illegal tax refund. You may learn that this has happened if you receive an unexpected notice(s) or letter(s) from either the New Jersey Division of Taxation or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding your tax records. For example, the Division of Taxation may notify you that a return was already filed using your SSN or that W-2 information reported isn’t the same as the information on your original filing. If this happens you may be a victim of identity theft.
Identity theft can affect your current, past or future tax records.
What to do if you believe that you are a victim of Identity Theft
- Submit the Identity Theft Declaration (Form IDT-100) electronically
- Complete and mail a signed copy of Form IDT-100 to:
New Jersey Division of Taxation
Attn: Identity Theft
P.O. Box 272
Trenton, NJ 08695-0272
Be sure to include all requested documents, and a copy of any notice(s) and letter(s) you received from the Division of Taxation. If you need help, please call our Customer Service Center at (609) 292-6400. Representatives are available on Mondays 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except State holidays. When a State holiday falls on a Monday, we will extend our hours on the following Tuesday.
- If you haven’t completed IRS Form 14039 (Identity Theft Affidavit) do so as soon as possible. Be sure to follow the instructions for submitting this form to the Internal Revenue Service.
- Review the Victim’s Reference Guide on the New Jersey State Police website for information about other steps you should take.
Other Identity Theft resources
Federal Trade Commission or call 877-438-4338
New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs
IRS Guide to Identity Theft