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IRS Letter 5071C For Your Identity Verification


Fabrice Villard

Did you receive a letter 5017c from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) asking you to verify your tax return identity? Letters 5757C, 5447C and 4883C are similar.

Identify verification has increased drastically and even though it can be time consuming and inconvenient it is for the benefit of your own tax data security. The IRS specifically, performs ever-increasing random and routine identity checks on all electronically and paper filed returns, no matter which site was used. Taxpayers with due refunds and taxpayers with taxes due are receiving letter 5017c etc.

Note: The identify verification letter is not to be confused with a Tax Audit and does not imply that something is incorrect with your tax return in question. In order to protect you from potential identity theft, the IRS is requesting identity verification information and documentation (current or previous tax returns, credit information, etc.). If you have an account with eFile.com, you will have access to previous tax returns as well as other documentation and information that may be needed through this process.

Simple Steps to Handle, Respond to Letter 5071C, 5757C, 5447C

1. Letters 5071C, 5757C, and 5447C are typically able to be resolved online via the IRS ID Verify System. 

Letter 4883C may require additional efforts to resolve. Regardless of you letter, call the phone number on the letter as soon as possible to resolve the case as each letter may result in a late processing of your return or inability to process.

2. Contact the IRS via the contact information listed on the letter either online - via the link above - or by phone. The IRS will need information from you in order to process a recently submitted or e-Filed tax return (e.g. verify your name and taxpayer identification number).

3. Have the following records at hand before you contact the IRS online or by phone:

  • The letter 5071C, 5757C, 5447C, or 4883C you received from the IRS.
  • Your income tax return referenced in the letter: Form 1040, 1040-SR, 1040-NR etc. Note: Paystubs, Form W-2, and 1099 forms are not tax return forms. If you had prepared and eFiled your tax return via eFile.com, sign into your eFile.com account and retrieve the last 3 tax years under My Account. If you need additional years of eFiled tax returns via eFile.com, please contact one of our Taxperts.
  • Your Social Security Number (SSN) and Date of Birth.
  • The Filing Status and Tax Return Mailing Address from your previous year's tax return in case you just filed a tax return with a new address - how to change address with the IRS. For example, if the letter is asking for Tax Year 2019, also have the return for Tax Year 2018 available with Filing Status and Date of Birth. Select “I have not filed a tax return in the past seven years” as your filing status if you just filed your very first tax return.
  • The Account Number(s) of one or more of the following personal accounts: car or credit loan, credit card, mortgage loan, home equity loan, home equity line of credit, or a student loan.
  • Access to your email account.
  • A mobile phone associated with your name
  • Credit card, Mortgage or Student, Car, Home Equity loan information

When you prepare and e-File your 2020 Taxes with eFile.com, know that we are committed to keeping your information private. The eFile app makes it easy to report your information securely and helps you complete the correct forms for your specific tax situation. File now or by April 15, 2021 and use the TAXtimator to see how much your 2021 Refund could be.

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