Taxpayer Identity Theft Is Soaring

The IRS is grappling with soaring taxpayer identity theft.

Unsuspecting victims are filing for their refunds, and learning the money had been paid to someone using the same name and Social Security number.

The Associated Press has obtained a Government Accountability Office report showing there were more than 248,000 identity theft incidents in 2010. In 2008, the number was 51,700.

After learning they have been victimized, taxpayers must then wait for the IRS to determine which filing was legitimate. However, once fraud is discovered, the agency marks the account and carefully screens future submissions.


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  • by No one Location: Eastern NC on Jun 1, 2011 at 04:39 PM
    Don't you just love the age of electronics and online everything. So easy to steal now because they don't verify anything with you personally. Just submit the info electronically and it is automatically deposited into an account of your chosing. The old days of hand written forms and having to actually show a photo id to cash the check really don't seem so bad do they.
  • by US-First Location: Greenville on Jun 1, 2011 at 01:32 PM
    If they want to steal my IRS identity and pay my taxes, well, thats alright with me. Last time I got a refund was 1987. They will be in for a surprise.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2011 at 02:27 PM in reply to US-First
      If they have your identity chances are they know where you live.They will send them taxes back to you.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2011 at 01:30 PM
    Everybody loves a mexican,especially oblahma.
  • by I am confused Location: gville on Jun 1, 2011 at 01:22 PM
    How are these people that is doing this getting information clearly needed from a W2, wages, taxes paid, etc. The IRS needs a better system point blank like in cross checking addresses if you want to be safe.
  • by Dark Horse Location: NC on Jun 1, 2011 at 12:04 PM
    Death penalty for those caught stealing someone else's identity. That should solve the problem.
  • by Gary on Jun 1, 2011 at 11:08 AM
    Just another good reason for a FLAT TAX!
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