Identity Theft

  1. What is tax-related identity theft?

  2. How do I report tax-related identity theft to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR)?

  3. How do I request a copy of a Wisconsin identity theft return filed in my name?

  4. Where can I find identity theft resources?

  5. How do I report a breach of payroll or tax information from my organization to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue?


  1. What is tax-related identity theft?

    The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) is dedicated to helping Wisconsin taxpayers who become victims of tax-related identity theft. 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:

    If you are a victim of tax-related identity theft, see How do I report tax-related identity theft to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue?

  2. How do I report tax-related identity theft to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR)?

    DATCP will send a copy of your forms to DOR. You can also mail a copy directly to us:

    MS 6-40
    Wisconsin Department of Revenue
    Office of Criminal Investigation - ID Theft
    PO Box 8933
    Madison, WI 53708-8933

  3. How do I request a copy of a Wisconsin identity theft return filed in my name?

    To receive 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.

    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.

  4. Where can I find identity theft resources?
  5. How do I report a breach of payroll or tax information from my organization to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue?

    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 can notify all state taxing agencies simultaneously by contacting the Federation of Tax Administrators (FTA). Send an email to StateAlert@taxadmin.org including:

    Do not include PII for impacted employees or customers in your email. The FTA will contact your organization's representative with recommended next steps including directions for sharing PII.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
Office of Criminal Investigation - ID Theft
PO Box 8933
Madison WI 53708-8933
Phone: (608) 266-2772
Fax: (608) 261-6240
Email additional questions to DORIDTheft@wisconsin.gov

December 7, 2018