I have received a lot of comments from my readers because their electronically filed tax returns are being rejected due to an incorrect adjusted gross income or AGI. They don’t know their correct AGI because they were victims of identity theft last year and the AGI the IRS is looking for is the adjusted gross income that the thief submitted (go figure!).
One would think that the IRS would not expect a person to submit information they have no possible way of having access to – but that would be, as my mother would say, too much like right.
Nevertheless, it seems there are some options so keep hope alive! You can call the IRS and beg them to give you the AGI that the thief reported OR you have the option of obtaining an IRS PIN. There are two options for obtaining this PIN and all of this information is copied directly from the IRS.gov website:
- Visit the Electronic Filing Pin-Help
- Call 1-866-704-7388.
To be eligible to use these two options you (or I guess “the thief”) must have:
- Filed a 2011 Form 1040, Form 1040-A, Form 1040-EZ or Form 1040-SS (PR); and
- Your return was processed by November 30, 2012.
And you must have:
- Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number;
- First and Last Name;
- Date of Birth;
- Filing Status; and
- Complete mailing address as it appeared on your 2011 tax return.
How in the hell someone finds out what form their tax return thief chose or what address they used is beyond my bag of tricks. I would take a chance and assume I fit the eligibility requirements and either file for the PIN electronically or call them.
You are probably going to need to call them due to their ridiculous stipulations. If you cannot get the IRS PIN then you should definitely ask the IRS representative if they would be able to give you the AGI submitted by the idiot who stole your identity – a few of my readers were able to get the IRS to give up the AGI submitted by their thief.
I hesitate to say, “If all else fails, file by mail”, because I can just imagine filing by mail and waiting two to three months for the IRS to send you a letter (by mail) telling you that your return was rejected for the same “adjusted gross income” situation.
I hope this helps! Good luck!
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