Wednesday, February 26, 2014

DOJ: SIRF is Tax Division Priority

SIRF?? The extent of the Stolen Identity Tax Fraud (SIRF) problem is so great the US Department of Justice has given it an acronym.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has identified more than 550,000 taxpayers who have had their identities stolen for the purpose of claiming false refunds(2008-May 2012). SIRF is particularly rampant in Florida, it leads the nation in SIRF, as the hospitalized or the deceased are often targets.

"One of the Tax Division’s highest priorities is prosecuting people who use stolen identities to steal money from the United States Treasury by filing fake tax returns that claim tax refunds."
- Kathryn Keneally, Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division
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Sources:
(a) Stolen Identity Refund Fraud (SIRF) Enforcement - www.justice.gov, 02/20/2014

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