IRS Gets Tough on Identity Theft

Seems IRS, working with the Justice Department, just completed a major crackdown on suspected perpetrators of identity theft.

“This unprecedented effort against identity theft sends a strong, unmistakable message to anyone considering participating in a refund fraud scheme this tax season,” noted IRS Commissioner Shulman.  “We are aggressively pursuing cases across the nation with the Justice Department, and people will be going to jail.  This is part of a much wider effort underway at the IRS to help protect taxpayers.”

As noted in IR-2012-7 released last week, this crackdown is part of a comprehensive identity theft strategy the IRS has embarked on that is focused on preventing, detecting and resolving identity theft cases as soon as possible.  In addition to the law-enforcement crackdown, the IRS has stepped up its internal reviews to spot false tax returns before tax refunds are issued as well as working to help victims of the identity theft refund schemes.

Folks looking for additional information can consult Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft or the IRS Identity Theft Protection Page.

More from Nolo: Identity Theft During Tax Time: Protecting Yourself.