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Requesting a copy of a fraudulently filed tax return FAQs

Answer #909 -- ( Published 03/10/2016 03:43 PM | Updated 07/12/2017 11:45 AM )

Who can obtain a copy of a fraudulently filed Illinois Individual Income Tax return?

Who can obtain a copy of a fraudulently filed Illinois Individual Income Tax return?
A victim of identity theft or a person authorized to obtain the identity theft victim's tax information may request a redacted copy (one with some information blacked-out) of a fraudulent Illinois Individual Income Tax return that was filed and accepted by the Illinois Department of Revenue using the identity theft victim's name and Social Security number (SSN).

Due to privacy laws, the victim's name and SSN must be listed as either the primary taxpayer on the fraudulent return or as the secondary taxpayer (spouse) on a jointly filed return. We cannot disclose return information to any person listed only as a dependent on the return or to a person listed as the spouse on a return filed with a "married filing separately" filing status.

To make the request, you will need to complete Form IL-4506-F, Request for Copy of Fraudulent Tax Return, and mail it along with all required documentation to the following address:

RECORDS MANAGEMENT DIVISION
ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE 2-200
PO BOX 19014
SPRINGFIELD IL 62794-9014

We may return your request if it is missing the required information or documentation, or it is made in a manner other than described in the instructions.

What documentation is required to be included with Form IL-4506-F if I am the primary taxpayer or the secondary taxpayer requesting a fraudulent return?

In addition to the completed Form IL-4506-F, you will need a copy of your driver's license, passport, or other government-issued form of identification.

I am the parent or guardian of a minor child whose name and Social Security number (SSN) was used to file a fraudulent return. How do I get a copy of the fraudulently filed tax return?

You must complete Form IL-4506-F and mail it along with a copy of your government-issued identification and a copy of your child's birth certificate, adoption record, or court documents showing you as the parent or guardian of the minor child.

I am the personal representative or guardian of a taxpayer whose name and Social Security number (SSN) was used to file a fraudulent return. How do I get a copy of the fraudulently filed tax return?

You must complete Form IL-4506-F and mail it along with a copy of your government-issued identification and a completed Illinois Form IL-2848, Power of Attorney, or a copy of court documents showing you were appointed personal representative or guardian for the taxpayer.

I am the executor for the estate of a taxpayer whose name and Social Security number (SSN) was used to file a fraudulent return. How do I get a copy of the fraudulently filed tax return?

You must complete Form IL-4506-F and mail it along with a copy of your government-issued identification and a copy of the letter of administration, letter of testamentary, or a court order showing you are the appointed executor for the estate.

How long will it take to get the copy of the fraudulent return?

Many factors can affect the time required to fulfill a request. One factor is whether there are any open, unresolved issues with the tax return requested. Any issues must be resolved before we can provide a copy of the tax return. We will acknowledge each request within 30 days from the date it was received.

Why is some information on the return redacted?

We may disclose information from a fraudulent return to a person whose name and SSN are listed as the primary taxpayer or the spouse when the disclosure does not seriously impair state tax administration. Some information on the fraudulent return will be redacted or partially redacted, but there will be enough data to determine how the taxpayer's personal information was used.

What information will be redacted on the copy of the fraudulent return I receive?


Return Information

Redaction

Names of the primary taxpayer, secondary taxpayer, and dependents (or children reported for other tax benefits) Entire name except the first four letters of the last name (If the last name is four letters or less, then the last name will remain visible.)
Address of the primary and secondary taxpayers Entire address except the street name
Names and address of all other persons or entities on return Entire name and address
Taxpayer identification numbers (SSN/ITIN) Entire number except the last four digits
Personally identifiable numbers, such as Preparer's FEIN, Preparer's Tax Identification Number (PTIN), etc. Entire number
Telephone number(s) Entire number except the last four digits
Bank routing and account number(s) Entire number except the last four digits
Signature(s) Entire signature

I received a letter returning my request because it was for a business. Why is IDOR returning requests for business returns?

At this time, you can only request a copy of a fraudulent Illinois Individual Income Tax return filed using Forms IL-1040 or IL-1040-X. If you think a return for another tax type was filed fraudulently, contact Taxpayer Assistance at 1 800-732-8866.

How many tax years can I request?

You can request copies of fraudulent returns filed in the current tax year and any Individual Income Tax returns filed in the previous three years.

I attempted to electronically file my return and it was rejected because someone already filed using my Social Security number (SSN). Can I request the fraudulent return information now?

You may make a request at any time. However, any unresolved issues with the tax return requested must be resolved before we can provide a copy of the tax return.

What if a federal Form 1040 or tax returns for other states were filed with my fraudulent Illinois Individual Income Tax return?

We will only send you copies of fraudulently filed IL-1040 or IL-1040-X forms and the associated schedules. We will not include copies of attachments that were included with the fraudulently filed Form IL-1040 or IL-1040-X. Attachments include, but are not limited to, federal and other state income tax returns, W-2 and 1099 forms, envelopes, and correspondence. You must contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the appropriate state agency to request copies of federal or other state income tax returns.

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