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 What Others Are Saying About The IRS Crackdown On Identity Theft

By: Anthony Reyes
2/8/2013

Yesterday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced the results of a massive national sweep targeting hundreds of identity theft suspects in 32 states and Puerto Rico in recent weeks. The coast-to-coast enforcement effort has been part of a year-long push against tax refund fraud, with the IRS working in conjunction with the Justice Department and other federal, state and local agencies as part of a comprehensive strategy focused on preventing, detecting and resolving identity theft cases as soon as possible.

The crackdown has been making news nationwide, underscoring the importance of stopping identity thieves up front and protecting taxpayers from being victimized by them. Here are some headlines from around the country: 

Houston Chronicle: IRS targeting identity thieves who file fake returns, steal refunds 

Montgomery Advertiser: IRS cracks down on refund fraud 

Allentown Morning Call: Allentown included in recent IRS crackdown of tax-related identity theft 

Baltimore Sun: IRS announces crackdown on identity theft 

Bloomberg: U.S. Claims Enforcement Against 389 Tax ID Theft Suspects

Accounting Today: IRS Conducts Nationwide Sweep to Crack Down on Identity Theft and Tax Refund Fraud 

USA Today: IRS identity theft crackdown leads to 109 arrests 

CNN Money: IRS nabs identity thieves in nationwide crackdown

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. 

Anthony Reyes is the New Media Specialist at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Posted in:  Internal Revenue Service
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