identity theft

IRS Responds to Identity Theft

In recent years the volume of identity theft incidents has grown at an alarming rate. In 2014, more than 9.9 million Americans fell victim to identity theft. Although often less talked about, tax-related identity theft crimes have risen drastically in … read more

IRS Taxpayer Advocate Employee Charged with ID Theft

An employee who worked in the IRS’s Taxpayer Advocate office in Birmingham, AL is facing multiple charges in an identity theft scheme. Four people were arrested and charged last month including Nakeisha Hall, 39, an IRS employee who worked in … read more

IRS Mails Identity Theft PINs with Incorrect Tax Year

With the unfortunate uptick in data breaches and identity theft crimes over the past several years, many businesses and organizations have taken steps to prevent or at least mitigate the potential impact of identity theft. For example, you’ve probably received … read more

Taxability of Identity Theft Protection Services

Recent years have brought a slew of high-profile data breaches of major organizations. Some of the largest breaches include Target, Anthem Health Care, Home Depot and most recently, Ashley Madison. Even the U.S. Government has not been immune, as the … read more

IRS “Get Transcript” Fiasco Gets Worse

Following the Sarbanes Oxley Act more than a decade ago, security and fraud have been two of the cornerstone focuses of the accounting profession. Proper and secure system controls have become a necessity, not only for auditors and tax accountants, … read more

Whose Identity is being Protected with Fraudulent Refunds?

A recent report from the Government Accountability Office reported that while the IRS estimates it prevented $24.2 billion in fraudulent refunds in 2013, it actually paid out $5.8 billion in fraudulent refunds that it realized were fraudulent only after refunds … read more

IRS Online “Get Transcript” Service Gets Hacked

The IRS announced that criminals used taxpayer-specific data acquired from non-IRS sources to gain unauthorized access to information on approximately 100,000 tax accounts through the IRS “Get Transcript” application. This data included Social Security information, date of birth and street … read more

Understanding Your 5071C Letter: Identity Verification

If you’ve received a 5071C letter, the IRS needs more information to verify your identity in order to process your tax return accurately. The IRS will continue processing your tax return once your identity is verified. Follow the identity verification … read more

Identity Theft: How to Protect Yourself

With tax season underway and scams running rampant, here are some tips to help you avoid becoming a victim of identity theft: The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email or social media tools to request personal or … read more

Lose Your Wallet or Purse? Contact the Cops, Then the IRS

If you become a potential or actual victim of identity theft outside the tax system or believe you may be at risk due to a lost/stolen purse or wallet, questionable credit card activity or questionable activity on your credit report, … read more


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