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Last Updated: 11/30/2017

Identity Theft and Tax Refund Fraud

Scam Alert (3/1/2017): W-2 email phishing scam targeting payroll and human resource professionals
The Minnesota Department of Revenue is warning all employers of a dangerous W-2 email phishing scam targeting human resources and payroll departments. The scam has evolved beyond the corporate world and is spreading to other sectors, including school districts, tribal organizations, and nonprofits. See our W-2 Scam page for more information.

Our commitment to preventing tax refund fraud and identity theft fraud

At the Minnesota Department of Revenue, we take the responsibility of protecting your personal information and your tax refund very seriously. We take the time necessary to verify the information on every return to make sure the right refund goes to the right person.

There are things you can do to help protect your information, too. Please review this page to learn more about what you can do to help protect your information, and what to do if you think your identity has been stolen or someone else has filed a tax return in your name.

What you need to know about our efforts to prevent refund fraud

We take the time necessary to make sure the right refund goes to the right customer by reviewing and verifying the information on all tax returns.

You may be asked to provide your driver’s license number when you file your federal tax return or if you file in another state. At this time, Minnesota is not requesting your driver’s license number to file a return.

Although software vendors transmit the return to us, the department determines the validity of the returns they submit.

You should also know that purchasing audit protection from a software product does not mean the department will not review or adjust your return. We review and verify all returns.

What is identity theft?

Identity theft occurs when your personal information, i.e. name, Social Security number or banking information, is taken without permission and is used to commit crimes or fraud. These crimes can include filing a fraudulent tax return using your private information. Identity theft can be carried out via phone, email, or through bogus web pages.

What you can do to protect yourself against identity theft

How to protect yourself from identity theft:

What to do if you think your identity has been stolen:

If you are victim of identity theft, you may be able to have an ID Theft flag on your MN driver's license

If you think your identity has been stolen and someone has used it inappropriately for tax purposes:

  • Call the Minnesota Department of Revenue at 651-296-3781 or 1-800-652-9094 (toll-free)
  • Call the IRS’s Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 1-800-908-4490

Tax refund fraud FAQs

Report tax fraud

If you suspect someone of breaking state tax laws, call, email or write the department (see “Contact Information” below). You may remain confidential, but it’s helpful to provide your contact information in case we need to ask for clarification or more details.

Tip Line (voice mail):
651- 297-5195 or 1-800-657-3500 (toll-free)
Call anytime to leave a message.

Mailing Address:
Minnesota Department of Revenue
Criminal Investigation Division
Mail Station 6590
600 North Robert Street
St. Paul, MN 55146-6590

Criminal Investigation Division:
Phone lines open 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays
Fax: 651-556-3105