To catch a thief – How you can recover your stolen tax identity
Abstract: Tax-related identity theft can occur in many ways. First, a thief may steal someone’s Social Security number, file a tax return and fraudulently claim a refund. In fact, during the 2014 tax filing season, the IRS suspected and stopped more than 3.6 million returns filed by identity thieves. A victim of tax-related identity theft should work with the IRS to help remove fraudulent, inaccurate information from their account and ensure that their actual return is processed correctly. This article explains how to do just that.