Identity theft victims can take steps for protection

February 2013


Identity theft has become an increasingly widespread problem for both taxpayers and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as taxpayers are being targeted by identity thieves who file fraudulent income tax returns to recoup wrongly claimed sizable refunds. Identity theft occurs when a taxpayer’s personal information is used without permission to commit fraud or other crimes using the victim’s name, Social Security number (SSN), or other identifying information. Taxpayers may not be aware they are victims of identity theft until they receive a letter or notice from the IRS stating that more than one tax return for a particular tax year has been filed with their information or that IRS records show wages from an employer for which the taxpayer has not previously worked.

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