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Personal IRS Identity Theft Experience

Posted By George (Clint) Frederick CPA PLLC, George Frederick CPA PLLC, Wednesday, March 30, 2016

In my post of March 11, 2016, “IDENTITY THEFT KINGPEN CAUGHT BECAUSE HE FLUNKED GEOGRAPHY”, I mentioned identity theft was becoming personal.  My daughters’ electronically filed tax return was rejected since someone had already filed a tax return using her social security number.   The solution was to file a paper tax return with the IRS.  In my post, I said to ‘stay tuned for further developments’.

 Monday, March 28, my daughter received a letter from the IRS.  The letter contained instructions to go to a website and answer some personal questions, or call a specific number of the IRS.  She first went to the website and answered some specific questions. One of the questions was the birthdate of a former sister-in-law of her husband.  Another was a question about different addresses.  After answering the website questions, she was then directed to call a specific IRS number.  She called and was placed on hold for an hour.  The fraud department of the IRS is shorthanded and very busy.

Finally, after an hour she was able to talk to an IRS representative.  The representative stated the fraudulent tax return filed had been flagged since it did not fit the profile of her previously filed tax returns.  “The IRS is getting smarter because of the amount of fraudulent tax returns being filed.  We now track the trends of taxpayers.”  After proving her identity, she was told to expect her refund in about six weeks, as opposed to the 10 days it normally takes for an electronically filed tax return. She was also told to expect a letter from the IRS advising her of other action to take, such as contacting the Social Security Administration, Credit Bureaus, and other action to take.  She will also receive a specific pin number to use when filing future tax returns.  

 

Tags:  accountants  fraud  identity protection  taxes 

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