IRS Told to Do More to Curb Identity Theft Fraud ‘Epidemic’

Friday, August 23rd, 2013 @ 1:22AM

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By Charles S. Clark

August 5, 2013

Tax fraud by identity thieves is on the rise, and the Internal Revenue Service should respond by beefing up enforcement and do more to make victims whole, a House panel was told on Friday.

The House Oversight and Government Reform operations subcommittee hearing put acting IRS chief Danny Werfel on the hot seat — not only because the government is losing millions to scammers, but also because of ongoing political tensions from the investigation of the scandal over inappropriate targeting of conservative groups.

Incidents of taxpayer identity theft this year rose to 1.9 million as of June 29, 2013, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, up from 1 million in fiscal 2011.

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