If you find that your tax return is compromised, please notify the Archdiocese of Seattle at email@example.com. Please include your full name, parish or school with which you are associated, and please indicate your status as an employee, volunteer or both.
It has recently come to our attention that some Archdiocesan employees and volunteers are victims of a national tax refund fraud. Victims’ social security numbers have been used in fraudulent tax returns for the calendar year 2013. Please be assured that we are taking appropriate steps to determine whether or not there has been a breach of systems within the Archdiocese which may include Parishes and Schools, the systems of our vendors, or if there is a problem with some other source. We have hired the forensic security firm Stroz Friedberg to assist us in analyzing the situation. We are also working with the FBI and IRS to address the issue. We will update this site as more information becomes available.
All employees and volunteers of the Archdiocese of Seattle should take the following steps as soon as possible:
Call the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 1(800)908-4490 extension 245.
If your identity has been compromised, follow the instruction given by the representative. Steps to be taken will vary depending on each individual filer’s circumstances, but may include:
Complete and file IRS Form 14039 ‘Identity Theft Affidavit’. Note: a copy of your identification will need to be filed with this form.
Contact Equifax to report the fraud at 1(800)525-6285. They will notify the other major credit reporting agencies.
Submit a report of the theft to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). This can be done online at www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0277-create-identity-theft-report.
Click on “How to Create an Identity Theft Report” and follow the directions listed. The FTC will assign a case number.
File a police report with your local police department. Call the department for instructions on how to complete this. In Seattle, this step can be done by phone.
The police department will assign a case number.
Call the FTC to report the number assigned to the case by the local police department. You will need the FTC case number to complete this step.
Contact the Social Security Administration at www.socialsecurity.gov/fraudreport/oig/public_fraud_reporting/form.htm.
Further information from the IRS can be found at www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Tips-for-Taxpayers,-Victims-about-Identity-Theft-and-Tax-Returns-2014
If you find that your tax return is compromised, please notify the Archdiocese of Seattle at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your full name, parish or school with which you are associated, and please indicate your status as an employee, current or past volunteer or both.