A duplicate return could mean that the IRS has already received a tax return with the same Social Security number (SSN) as yours. If you submitted your tax return and the IRS rejected it as a duplicate return, the first thing you can do is double-check that you entered the right SSN.
If your SSN is correct, it’s possible that someone else has fraudulently filed a return using your SSN.
If this happens, submit Form 14039 Identity Theft Affidavit to the IRS as soon as possible. You’ll also need to send in a photocopy of your ID so that the IRS can confirm your identity. Page 2 of Form 14039 has instructions on how to mail or fax your paperwork to the IRS.
You’ll also still need to file a return (most likely a paper return). You can print your return from Credit Karma Tax and mail it to the IRS center in your state.
If someone has enough of your info to file a tax return, they might try to use your identity for other things, too. Here are a few things you can do:
- Keep a close eye on your accounts and credit report.
- You can also have the credit bureaus place a fraud alert or freeze on your credit report info to help prevent unauthorized accounts from being opened.
- If it turns out your identity was stolen, the Federal Trade Commission recommends filing a report on their website, as well as with your local police department.