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February 11, 2013

IRS is fighting ID theft

Tax season has the agency on high alert

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NORMAN —

To help taxpayers, the IRS has a special section on IRS.gov dedicated to identity theft issues, including YouTube videos, tips for taxpayers and a special guide to assistance. For victims, the information includes how to contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit. For other taxpayers, tips are available on how taxpayers can protect themselves against identity theft.

“We are strengthening our processing systems to watch for identity theft and detect refund fraud before it occurs,” Miller said. “And we continue to put more resources on helping people who are victims of identity theft and resolving these complex cases as quickly as possible.

“With the tax filing season now under way, we want to be clear there is a heavy price to pay for committing refund fraud or identity theft. People are going to jail for a long time as a result.”

Michael Kinney

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