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Thank you for contacting the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) Hotline. We have received your submission. Someone from our team will contact you if we need additional information. Please note that TIGTA will not take action on submissions that do not fall within its investigative jurisdiction.

TIGTA Office of Investigations (OI) investigates three primary areas of concern: Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employee integrity, IRS employee and infrastructure security, and external attempts to corrupt tax administration. Each of these areas is described in more detail below.

IRS Employee Integrity

TIGTA OI investigates IRS employee misconduct allegations. For example:
  • Extorting money from taxpayers
  • Soliciting bribes to reduce or eliminate a tax debt
  • Stealing tax payments
  • Abusing taxpayer rights
  • Accessing or disclosing tax information without proper authorization
  • Fraud or misconduct by contractors acting on behalf of the IRS
IRS Employee and Infrastructure Security

TIGTA OI investigates threats to IRS employees and/or infrastructure. For example:
  • Threatening an IRS employee with physical harm
  • Threatening to damage or destroy an IRS office location
  • Sending mail to an IRS office that contains harmful chemicals or substances
External Attempts to Corrupt Tax Administration

TIGTA OI investigates bribery overtures by taxpayers, manipulation of IRS systems and programs, misuse of Treasury symbols and/or names, impersonation of IRS officials, theft of Federal tax refunds, and tax return preparer misconduct that does not involve the filing of fraudulent tax returns. For example:
  • Offering a bribe to an IRS employee to reduce or eliminate a tax debt
  • Misuse of IRS computer systems
  • Impersonating an IRS employee to steal money from taxpayers
  • Stealing tax refund payments
  • Forging, altering, or counterfeiting tax refund checks
For additional resources related to some of the more common items submitted to TIGTA, please see below.

Our hotline cannot assist if your identity or the identity of your dependent(s) has been compromised. You MUST follow the steps outlined at https://www.irs.gov/identity-theft-central for assistance.


Our hotline cannot assist with the status of your Economic Impact Payment (“stimulus check”) or Recovery Rebate Credit. You MUST contact the IRS at 1-800-919-9835 or visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-center for assistance.


Our hotline cannot assist with tax-related questions, such as the status of your Federal income tax refund. You MUST contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 or visit www.irs.gov for assistance. If you need assistance to resolve tax problems with the IRS, contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service at 1-877-777-4778 or visit https://www.irs.gov/taxpayer-advocate.


Tax returns MUST be submitted directly to the IRS. We recommend that you submit your tax return(s) to the IRS by following the instructions outlined at https://www.irs.gov/filing.


If you wish to have a copy of the information you submitted, you MUST file a written request pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Please refer to the FOIA instructions found on TIGTA’s website at https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/important_foia.shtml.

FOIA requests MUST be signed and submitted by fax to (202) 622-3339, by e-mail to FOIA.Reading.Room@tigta.treas.gov, or mailed to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, Office of Chief Counsel - Disclosure Branch, 1401 H Street, N.W., Suite 469, Washington, DC 20005.


Inquiries regarding IRS Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, MUST be directed to the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. Alternatively, you may visit https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/missing-your-w-2-heres-what-to-do for additional guidance.


Our hotline cannot assist with any questions related to your State tax return. Inquiries regarding your State taxes MUST be directed to your State tax authority.


Our hotline cannot assist with allegations involving fraudulent applications submitted to the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) programs. For assistance with these allegations, you MUST submit them to the SBA at https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/oversight-advocacy/office-inspector-general/office-inspector-general-hotline#section-header-0.


Our hotline cannot assist with fraud or scams involving Social Security. You MUST contact the Social Security Administration’s Fraud Hotline at https://oig.ssa.gov/report for assistance.

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