Fraudulent Tax Returns Provide Gangs with a Low-Risk Source of Income

By Carlton Purvis

“The IRS is increasingly seeing identity thieves looking for ways to use a legitimate taxpayer’s identity and personal information to file a tax return and claim a fraudulent refund,” says the IRS “Dirty Dozen Tax Scams of 2012” fact sheet.

The IRS says it’s seen an increase in complex tax schemes, but increased measures to stop fraudulent returns—like notifying taxpayers when more than one return is filed in their name or when wages are recorded from an unknown employer—have protected more than $1.4 billion from being stolen.

Douglas H. Shulman, commissioner of Internal Revenue spoke at the National Press Club Thursday on the strategic strategies set for the IRS, which include combing technology and expertise to stop more fraud.

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