A former Revenue Agent group member who is currently a Special Agent in CID suggested that everyone who may have been affected by the OPM data breach should file a Form 14039 Identity Theft Affidavit, which I have attached. This form is filed with the IRS which places a marker on your account which helps the IRS to determine more quickly if you are or may be a victim of identity theft.

My first reaction was that filing this form is not necessary since I don’t know if I personally have been affected by the breach. However, Section A, Box 2 of the form includes the following statement:

"You should also check this box if no identity theft violation has occurred, but you have experienced an event that could result in identity theft such as a lost/stolen purse or wallet, home robbery, etc."

We may never be informed of whether our personal data was definitely stolen, but I don’t want to take that chance. So I will be filing this form to at least help protect myself from identity theft with regard to my future tax returns.

Please note in Section D, you must attach a photo copy of one of the forms of ID shown to verify your identity. We are prohibited from making a photocopy of our smart IDs.

Use the following link to access Form 14039 which has Section A Box 2 checked and the suggested description to describe the incident.