IRS Slow to Respond to Rubio’s Concerns About Identity Theft

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Identity theft up 1,200 percent since 2008

BY: Elizabeth Harrington 

June 25, 2014

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has taken months to respond to concerns about identify theft, which has grown more than 1,200 percent since 2008, and ignored a letter sent by Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) asking how successful the agency’s prevention policies are.

Rubio first sent a letter more than a year ago, out of concern for senior citizens in Florida who are targeted for identity theft at higher rates. The IRS did not respond until months later, and never followed up with the senator following his second letter last November.

“My Florida constituents, and particularly Florida’s senior citizens, are increasingly targeted victims of identify theft,” Rubio wrote in his first letter on Feb. 15, 2013.

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