IRS Intensifies Search for ID Thieves

IRS announced, last week, the results of a “massive national sweep” targeting identity theft suspects in 32 states. The “coast to coast effort” led to 734 enforcement actions in January, including indictments.

“As tax season begins this year,” says Acting Commissioner Steven T. Miller, “we want to be clear that there is a heavy price to pay for perpetrators of refund fraud and identity theft.”

By late 2012, IRS assigned more than 3,000 employees – more than double the 2011 number – to work on ID theft related issues. IRS employees are working to prevent refund fraud, investigate identity theft-related crimes and help taxpayers who have been victimized by identity thieves. Also, IRS has trained 35,000 employees who work with taxpayers to recognize identity theft indicators and help people victimized by identity theft.