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IRS Investigates Tax Identity Theft and Refund Fraud

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR News BlogLess than a week away from the tax filing deadline on April 15, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the IRS Criminal Investigation started 295 new identity theft investigations since this filing season began in January 2014, pushing the number of active identity theft cases to more than 1,800. An announcement about the investigations – part of a larger effort by the IRS to combat identity theft and refund fraud – is available at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Intensifies-Work-on-Identity-Theft-and-Refund-Fraud;–Criminal-Investigation-Enforcement-Actions-Underway-Across-the-Nation. Continue reading

Tax Return Identity Theft Legislation Introduced on Tax Day April 17

On the day taxes are due for Americans, April 17, 2012, House Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) introduced bipartisan legislation – The Stopping Tax Offenders and Prosecuting Identity Theft Act (H.R. 4362) – to help stop the growing problem of tax return identity theft and protect tax payers from identity thieves who file tax returns using names of other people to receive their tax refund checks. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), more than 850,000 tax returns and $5.8 billion were associated with tax return identify theft in 2011 alone. Continue reading

Identity Theft Crackdown by IRS and Justice Department Targets 105 People in 23 States

As part of a stepped-up effort against tax refund fraud and identity theft, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Justice Department have announced that a massive nationwide sweep last week targeting 105 people in 23 states to crack down on suspected identity theft perpetrators resulted in 939 criminal charges related to identity theft, according to a news release on the IRS website available at: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=253147,00.html?portlet=108. Continue reading

Internal Revenue Service Launches New Voluntary Classification Settlement Program for Worker Misclassification Amnesty

Designed to increase tax compliance and provide past payroll tax relief to employers, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has launched a new Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) that will enable employers to resolve past worker classification issues and achieve certainty under the tax law at a low cost by voluntarily reclassifying their workers, according to a news release from the IRS website.

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GAO Report Reveals Huge Jump in Tax-Related Identity Theft Incidents Identified by IRS

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report titled ‘TAXES AND IDENTITY THEFT – Status of IRS Initiatives to Help Victimized Taxpayers’ that reveals a huge jump in the number of tax-related identity theft incidents identified by Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Primarily refund or employment fraud attempts, the IRS identified 248,357 tax-related identity theft incidents in 2010, nearly five times the amount of such incidents reported in 2008. Continue reading