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This Month's Featured News Story
PILLA TALKS TAXES' Featured Article
WHY THE IRS CAN'T CURE ID THEFT
The "Crime of the 21st Century" is Unstoppable
Identity theft (ID theft) has turned into a monster for the IRS. It was first identified as a problem for the agency in 2004 but has since grown into a beast. The number of ID theft cases handled by the IRS is growing at an alarming rate. For example, the number of cases reported to the IRS’s Identity Protection Specialized Unit increased by 78 percent in just one year, from 2011 to 2012. And the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) saw an increase in its ID theft cases of 60 percent during that same period. However, since 2008, the number of ID cases reported to TAS increased by more than 650 percent. National Taxpayer Advocate (NTA), 2012 Annual Report to Congress, p. 43.
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) calls ID theft an “epidemic” facing taxpayers. In 2013, the head of TIGTA testified during a Senate Committee hearing that ID theft scams “have become so prevalent that they are being called the ‘crime of the 21st century’.” Testimony of J. Russell George, TIGTA, April 10, 2013, p. 1.
In that same testimony, it was reported that the IRS identified 1.8 million ID theft cases in 2012 and another 1.6 million potential cases. Based upon the growth of this crime, the IRS could issue up to $21 billion in fraudulent tax refunds over the next five years. The IRS itself described identity theft as the number one tax scam for 2013. See: IRS Press Release, IR-2013-33 (March 26, 2013).
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THE PRESIDENT'S TAX PLAN
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