Taxpayers Ready to Do More to Fight Tax Fraud

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 @ 9:08PM

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Kansas City, Mo. (March 17, 2015)

By Michael Cohn

Taxpayers are willing to go through more steps when preparing their tax returns, such as confirming their identifications and proving additional documentation, if it can help combat tax fraud and identity theft, according to a new survey.

The survey, by H&R Block, found that 96 percent of consumers are willing to take action to combat tax fraud. Some of the top responses include answering additional questions on their returns, providing additional documentation, using a professional tax preparer who is regulated by the Internal Revenue Service and answering questions to confirm their identity when using do-it-yourself software or Web sites.

“We believe challenging suspicious activity—before returns get to the IRS—is the right thing to do,” said H&R Block president and CEO Bill Cobb in a statement. “Consumers agree.”

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