How the IRS Fights Identity Theft

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Here's a look at what the government's doing to keep people from stealing your tax refund.

We’ve reported on more than a few occasions about tax-related identity theft (here’s a crazy recent case), and now tells us what Uncle Sam is doing about it…

  • The IRS has doubled the number of employees assigned to tax-related ID theft in the past year to over 3,000.
  • The agency has trained 35,000 employees who work with taxpayers to recognize identity theft indicators and help people victimized by identity theft.
  • The IRS has activated dozens of new identity theft filters.
  • A substantial increase in the number of identity theft investigations instituted by the IRS Criminal Investigations.
  • The IRS is working with over 130 financial institutions to identify identity theft fraud schemes and block refunds from reaching the hands of identity thieves.

Let’s hope it pays off – no pun intended. The IRS has a tip sheet for how you can help prevent getting ripped off, too.

Stacy Johnson

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