Tax Administration: IRS Has Implemented Initiatives to Prevent, Detect, and Resolve Identity Theft-Related Problems, But Needs to Assess Their Effectiveness

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DIANE Publishing, 2010 - 37 pages
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Identity thieves may use a taxpayer's name and social security number to fraudulently claim a refund or gain employment. This creates tax problems for the innocent taxpayer when the IRS discovers a duplicate refund claim or unreported wage income. IRS is revising its strategy for preventing, detecting, and resolving identity theft-related tax problems. This report: (1) describes the extent of identity theft-related refund and employment fraud; (2) assesses IRS's actions to prevent and resolve such problems; and (3) describes IRS's identity theft- related coordination with other agencies. The author analyzed IRS data on identity theft cases, reviewed revisions to the IRS Manual, and interviewed IRS officials responsible for the new strategy. Charts and tables.

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