Be ready to verify your identity when calling the IRS

Be ready to verify your identity when calling the IRS:

April 19th 2022

It can take time to reach the right party at the IRS, so it's very important that you can verify your identity when you reach an IRS phone assistor. Make sure that you do not have to call back by being prepared.

When you call the IRS, they will ask you to verify your identity.

IRS phone assistors take great care to only discuss personal information with you or someone you authorize to speak on your behalf. To make sure that you do not have to call back, have the following information ready:

  • Social Security numbers and birth dates for those who were named on the tax return
  • An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number letter if the you have one
  • Your filing status
  • The prior-year tax return
  • A copy of the tax return in question
  • Any IRS letters or notices you received
About The Author:

The mission of the IRS is to provide America's taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and enforce the law with integrity and fairness to all.

This mission statement describes our role and the public’s expectation about how we should perform that role.

  • In the United States, the Congress passes tax laws and requires taxpayers to comply.
  • The taxpayer’s role is to understand and meet his or her tax obligations.
  • The IRS role is to help the large majority of compliant taxpayers with the tax law, while ensuring that the minority who are unwilling to comply pay their fair share.

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Internal Revenue Service 1111 Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC 20224

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