Did someone else file YOUR Tax Return by mistake?

Did someone else file YOUR Tax Return by mistake?

If the IRS rejected your tax return because someone else already filed it, this article is for you. 

Discovering that the IRS has rejected your tax return because someone else already filed it can be frustrating. If the IRS rejected your tax return because someone else already filed it, you’re likely facing a duplicate business return rejection. This is known as IRS Tax Return Rejection Code R0000-932-02. The IRS may reject a Tax Return because the taxpayer Social Security Number (SSN) is not the same as a previously accepted one for that tax period. In other words, the tax return you tried to file has already been filed by someone else using your SSN for that same year.

Understanding the Issue

The most common cause of this problem is when a business partner or someone else files a return using your SSN for that tax year without your knowledge. However, it is crucial to ensure that this is not a result of tax-identity theft. If you suspect that you are a victim of identity theft, you should immediately file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at identitytheft.gov. 

Accessing and Reviewing Your Tax Records 

Thankfully, the IRS has online options for requesting and reviewing your tax records and transcripts. You can order copies of tax records including transcripts of past tax returns, tax account information, wage and income statements, and verification of non-filing letters. Through the IRS online portal, you will be able to: find out how much you owe; look at your payment history; see your prior year adjusted gross income, and; view other tax records. These resources are invaluable for confirming the details of your tax filings and ensuring that no fraudulent activities have occurred. 

Creating an Online Account with the IRS 

In order to access the portal and these services, you will need to create your Online Account with the IRS. 

Here’s how you can set up your account: 

  1. Select create an account to commence the identification verification process. 
  2. Gather necessary documents: If you’re a new user, have your photo identification ready. 
  3. Once you have created your account you can use the Get Transcript Online feature to access your tax records. 

Steps to Take if Your Return is Rejected 

If your tax return is rejected, you might wonder how many times you can attempt to file it again. The IRS allows you to electronically file up to three amended returns per tax year. After the third attempt is accepted, any subsequent or further attempts will be rejected. 

Seeking Additional Help

Navigating IRS procedures and resolving tax return issues can be challenging. If you have recently received a letter from the IRS and need assistance in responding to a rejection, feel free to reach out for a consultation to help navigate the process. 

Preventative Measures 

To avoid future complications with your tax returns, consider the following preventative measures: 

  1. Protect your personal information. Be cautious about sharing your SSN and other sensitive information. 
  2. Monitor your credit reports by regularly checking your credit reports for any unusual activity. 
  3. Use secure filing methods and communicate with business partners. 

With an online account, you will have streamlined access to your tax information, making it easier to manage your tax filings and address any issues that arise. 

Dealing with a rejected tax return due to someone else filing it can be a stressful experience. By understanding the steps to resolve this issue, accessing your IRS records online, and seeking professional assistance when needed, you can effectively manage the situation. 

Information provided for educational purposes, not legal advice*

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*Disclaimer: this blog post is not intended to be legal advice. We highly recommend speaking to an attorney if you have any legal concerns. Contacting us through our website does not establish an attorney-client relationship.*

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Silvino Diaz

Silvino E. Diaz’s practice ranges from Civil and Commercial Litigation to Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law. Silvino has earned a reputation as one of Puerto Rico’s foremost advocates for independent musicians and artists. As a result of his sustained commitment to creative industries, he was named Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Atlantic University College (Guaynabo, PR) – the Caribbean’s leading digital arts institution – where he spearheaded the “Introduction to IP” course for both the graduate and undergraduate programs, and was appointed by the Office of the President to develop an Intellectual Property graduate curriculum, where he served until moving to Miami in 2017. He is the founder of the service known as Starving Artists, where he offers innovative business and legal counsel for artists and creatives.


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