Tax Return Identity Theft Is on the Rise

"One of the most pervasive types of identity theft around tax season is Tax Return Fraud," states a spokesperson. He continues to state, "It's important to review your tax record and public record regularly to insure everything is accurate."

April is tax month, and most of the time things go as planned. However, in the last few years tax return identity theft is growing in popularity amongst thieves. If someone can steal a social security number, then it’s possible to file a fraudulent tax return and cash the refund check. Getting the situation resolved could take months, including recovering the money lost from a potential return. Of course, best practice is often common sense: keep social security cards and personal data locked away, and not lying around.

If there is tax fraud suspected, there are easy and inexpensive ways to verify this information. If someone suspects they have become a victim of fraud, they could order a copy of their tax return through the IRS and ask an electronic copy. There might be a nominal fee associated with obtaining a physical copy. Another means of verifying if there is any tax or identity fraud is to use a web-based public records repository, to search for public records online. “With anyone can view their public records free for 5 days with our 5 day free trial,” stated by a spokesperson.

We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.

Winston Churchill, Former Prime Minister of England

Once tax fraud has been verified the next step is to petition the fraudulent tax return. The only way to do this is on the state and/or federal level depending on where the fraud was executed. The IRS has a toll free number ( 1-800-829-0433 ) where anyone who suspects tax fraud can call in. The other option is to visit the IRS online @



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