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Division of Taxation

Identity Theft

Identity theft occurs when someone illegally obtains your personal or financial information, and uses it without your permission. Some items that can be used to steal your identity are:

  • Social Security numbers;
  • Credit card numbers; or
  • Dates of birth.
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How Identity Theft May Affect Your Tax Records

An identity thief may use a stolen Social Security number to file a tax return in order to receive an illegal refund. Identity theft can affect your current, past or future tax records.

Here are some red flags that you may be a victim of State tax identity theft:

  • You receive a State income tax refund check, but you did not file your State income tax return;
  • You attempt to electronically file your income tax return, but it is rejected because a return using your Social Security number is already filed;
  • You owe tax for a year you did not file a tax return;
  • You receive wages from an employer you did not work for.

What to do if You Believe that You are a Victim of Identity Theft
  • Submit the Identity Theft Declaration (Form IDT-100) electronically; or
  • 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 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Report your Identity theft to the IRS by:
  • Review the Victim’s Reference Guide on the New Jersey State Police website for information about other steps you should take.
  • Contact one of the three major credit bureaus to place a “fraud alert” on your credit records:

Last Updated: Tuesday, 05/05/20