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IRS strikes back as agents make big dent in identity theft
washingtontimes ^ | Stephen Ohlemacher

Posted on 03/09/2017 5:22:33 AM PST by davikkm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS strikes back: The tax agency reports that the number of identity theft victims plummeted last year after agents struggled for years to combat what has become a multibillion-dollar industry. The number of victims dropped by 46 percent, to 376,000, the IRS said. These taxpayers had their identities stolen by criminals who used their Social Security numbers and birthdates to obtain fraudulent tax refunds. The IRS stopped nearly 1 million fraudulent refunds from being issued last year. They totaled almost $6.6 billion, the agency said. “It’s a much more challenging time for the cybercrooks,” said Mark Ciaramitaro, vice president for retail tax products and services at H&R Block. “All of the easy paths have been closed.”

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: identity; irs; theft

1 posted on 03/09/2017 5:22:33 AM PST by davikkm
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To: davikkm

How much “identity” theft is done by illegals who want valid SSN’s?


2 posted on 03/09/2017 5:24:31 AM PST by I want the USA back (Liberalism is the denial of human nature.)
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To: davikkm

So...when will Lois Lerner be going to jail for her lawlessness?

((( HOLDING BREATH )))


3 posted on 03/09/2017 5:27:34 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: I want the USA back

How much identify theft is perpetrated by the IRS?


4 posted on 03/09/2017 5:29:09 AM PST by bar sin·is·ter
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To: bar sinĀ·isĀ·ter

376K in numbers of identity tax thefts is not insignificant.

Every once in a while, I see where someone is prosecuted for multiple tax return filing or filing under others numbers but those numbers are reasonably small given the amount of money stolen. Perhaps the penalty needs be upped a bit. Say deliver the refunds with a flame thrower??


5 posted on 03/09/2017 5:32:31 AM PST by Mouton (There is a new sheriff in town.)
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To: davikkm
IRS strikes back as agents make big dent in identity theft

There's a kenyan who just moved in a couple of blocks down from The White House that is using a stolen Social Security Number. INVESTIGATE HIM IMMEDIATELY!

6 posted on 03/09/2017 5:32:54 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Send 0bama and the Clintons to a Black Site IMMEDIATELY for rendition on charges of TREASON!)
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To: Mouton

Hand delivered refund by the sheriff.


7 posted on 03/09/2017 5:37:02 AM PST by bar sin·is·ter
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To: davikkm

IRS should go after these crooks. Stealing money is the guvamint’s job!


8 posted on 03/09/2017 5:48:06 AM PST by Jumpmaster (Defund the left!)
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To: Jumpmaster

Much of the identity theft was from employees and contract hires from within the agency.


9 posted on 03/09/2017 6:00:08 AM PST by Chauncey Gardiner
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To: davikkm

How about we abolish income taxes?


10 posted on 03/09/2017 6:13:02 AM PST by umgud
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To: davikkm

I wonder what their numbers are for fraudulent child tax credit?


11 posted on 03/09/2017 6:48:36 AM PST by VanShuyten ("...that all the donkeys were dead. I know nothing as to the fate of the less valuable animals.")
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To: Mouton

I really do wonder, especially considering the IRS’ propensity for criminal political activism, how many cases of identity theft were a result of internal IRS fraud?


12 posted on 03/09/2017 7:11:28 AM PST by bar sin·is·ter
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