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You've filed your tax return. Or have you? -- Part One

Whew. Tax day 2012 is in the past and you've filed your tax return electronically. You think all is right with the world until you get a notice from the Internal Revenue Service saying that your electronic return will not be accepted -- because you've already filed your tax return!

This is the confusing situation that about one-quarter million people, many of them in Texas, will find themselves in through no fault of their own. According to the IRS, filing fraudulent income tax returns using stolen Social Security numbers is the number one tax scam.

News reports warn of the dangers of identity theft, but often consumers are unaware that their identity has been stolen until they file their personal income tax return. According to reliable sources, this is a huge financial issue. In 2011, fraudulent-identity tax returns identified by the IRS totaled $1.4 billion. Those are the fraudulent tax filers who were caught. One can assume that some were not caught.

Apparently the IRS is cracking down on these identity theft fraudulent filers. In January the agency conducted a nationwide sweep via search warrants that resulted in indictments, arrests and the identification of potentially thousands of taxpayer refunds using stolen identities. The crackdown covered 23 states.

In addition, the IRS has targeted tax preparers and non-bank establishments such as payday loan businesses that may be involved in obtaining Social Security numbers for illegal purposes.

According to the IRS, many of these fraudulent tax returns using stolen identities have an element of an inside job. For example, a mail carrier allegedly agreed to funnel Social Security checks and numbers to an undercover federal agent.

The IRS is taking a number of additional steps to combat the problem. For example, special personal ID numbers are being given to taxpayers whose identities have been stolen so they can file their returns a little easier.

In our next posting we'll cover the IRS' so-called dirty dozen tax scams of which consumers and taxpayers should be aware.

Source: KTRE, "Tax day horror story: Taking your money... and your identity," Ron Scherer, April 16, 2012

Source: IRS.gov, "IRS Releases the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2012," Feb. 16, 2012

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