Tax-related identity theft occurs when your personal information is used to file a tax return and claim a refund without your permission.
Be alert to possible tax-related identity theft if you:
To request a copy of a fraudulent return filed using your name and social security number, follow the
directions to request copies of previously filed returns. The $5.00 fee will be waived if you are a victim of identity theft. Be sure to note this in the comments section of your request.Be aware that the copy provided will be redacted. DOR redacts personally identifiable information (PII) such as taxpayer names, social security numbers, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, bank routing and account numbers, signatures, and tax preparer and designee information.
Scams targeting tax practitioners, payroll professionals and employers are a growing problem. Cybercriminals are actively seeking accurate data about taxpayers in order to file fraudulent state and federal tax returns.
If your organization experienced a data compromise, you should notify the Wisconsin DOR by emailing
DORIDTheft@wisconsin.gov. Your email should include:
Do not include personally identifiable information (PII) for impacted employees or customers in your email.
You can find contact information for other state taxing agencies on the Federation of Tax Administrators website.
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) offers a voluntary Identity Protection PIN. The purpose of obtaining a Wisconsin Identity Protection PIN is to prevent unauthorized persons from filing an income tax return using your personal information. See
WI Identity Protection PIN common questions for more information.
Wisconsin Department of Revenue Office of Criminal Investigation - ID Theft PO Box 8933 Madison WI 53708-8933Phone: (608) 266-2772Fax: (608) 261-6240Email:
November 27, 2023