New Government Report: Taxes and Identity Theft Status of IRS Initiatives to Help Victimized Taxpayers
by James R. White
Paperback, 17 pages, 2011, $20.00
Identity theft (IT) is a serious and growing problem in the U.S. Taxpayers are harmed when identity thieves file fraudulent tax documents using stolen names and Social Security numbers. In 2010, the IRS identified 245,000+ IT incidents that affected the tax system. The hundreds of thousands of taxpayers with tax problems caused by IT represent a small percentage of the 140 million individual returns filed, but for those affected, the problems can be quite serious. This report describes: (1) when IRS detects IT based refund and employ. fraud; (2) the steps IRS has taken to resolve, detect, and prevent innocent taxpayers’ IT related problems; and (3) constraints that hinder IRS’s ability to address these issues. Illus. This is a print on demand report.