Tax/Identity Theft update

March 7, 2014

Dear Faculty and Staff:

The university and external agencies continue to work on the issues associated with the fraudulent tax filings and related identity theft crimes.

If you receive a check or debit card in the mail related to a tax refund, which was not filed by you, please provide these items to the UNI Police in Gilchrist 30. They will provide you a receipt and forward the item to the IRS investigation team. You should maintain this documentation in case the IRS requests these funds from you later.

If you have not filed your taxes yet, consider doing so sooner rather than later.

One method of protecting your financial security and avoiding fraudulent accounts from being opened is to “freeze” your credit report at the three credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). If you have filed a police report about your situation, there is no charge for this service. Additional information is available on each credit bureau’s website.

I want to inform you about two information sessions regarding this situation:

  1. An Open Forum will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, in the Old Central Ballroom in Maucker Union to address questions related to the IRS/identify theft situation. I am scheduled to participate on the panel as well as Shashi Kaparthi, UNI Chief Information Officer; Jim Davis, ISU Chief Information Officer; Paul Gray, faculty member in the UNI computer science department; and Tom Kunz, tax partner with Bergan Paulsen.

  2. On Wednesday, March 12, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is bringing in an educational expert on identity theft and what victims (or potential victims) can do to secure their identity and financial information. The presentation will be offered three different times: 9 a.m., noon and 5 p.m., all in Maucker Union, Ballroom C. The presenter will take questions after each session.

The university will continue to disseminate information as appropriate and as allowed by investigating agencies. If you have specific questions, please call the UNI information line at 273-5700. Information is also available on the website at uni.edu/tax-advisory.

Sincerely,

Michael Hager
Vice President, Administration and Financial Services