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What is the Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud Problem?

In general, tax-related identity theft occurs when an individual intentionally uses the Social Security number (SSN) of another person to file a false tax return with the intention of ob­taining an unauthorized refund. Identity theft wreaks havoc on our tax system in many ways. Victims of identity theft not only must deal with the aftermath of an emotionally draining crime, but may also have to deal with the IRS for years to untangle the resulting tax account problems. Identity theft also impacts the public fisc, as Treasury funds are diverted to pay out improper refunds claimed by opportunistic perpetrators. In addition, identity theft takes a significant toll on the IRS, tying up limited resources that it could otherwise shift to taxpayer service or compliance initiatives.


Latest Identity Tax Refund Fraud Articles

Missouri Man Indicted for $12 Million Tax Refund Fraud, Voter Fraud, Illegal Reentry and Felon in Possession of Firearm

Saturday, April 8th, 2017 @ 9:23AM

Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs CFEG reports that the Department of Justice reported on March 29, 2017 that a federal grand jury sitting in St. Louis, Missouri, returned a superseding indictment charging a St. Louis resident for his role in a sophisticated stolen identity refund fraud scheme and…

Saturday, April 8th, 2017


CFEG reports that the Treasury Inspector for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released a report on April 7, 2017 detailing its interim...

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida introduces a Bill in the United States Senate

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida introduces a Bill in the United States Senate requiring the Secretary of the Treasury to...


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Committee For Efficient Government Reports

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 @ 2:31AM

Committee For Efficient Government reports that the House Ways and Means Committee held an Oversight Hearing on Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud and cyber security issues on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m....

Thieves May Be Stealing Your Tax Refund

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 @ 5:23AM

Tax refund fraud is rampant, and officials blame the IRS for not doing enough to stop it. CNN’s Randi Kaye reports....