Comments on: IRS sees staggering jump in identity theft cases Fri, 05 Dec 2014 11:27:18 +0000 hourly 1 By: SVargas Tue, 31 May 2011 12:25:41 +0000 Guess who is the worst culprit for dumpster diving in putting WHOLE SSN on paper……. the IRS.

By: DisgustedReader Sun, 29 May 2011 00:20:06 +0000 Possible error in article: If someone gets a job with your social security number, their social security contributions from their paycheck are deposited in YOUR social security account. This increases your lifetime contribution which is ironically good for you but bad for them.

I’m puzzled why the IRS would go after you for the taxes, because the employer of the individual fraudulently using your social security number will pay the IRS that individuals payroll taxes (Federal and State) under your social security number.

Problem that could occur: The individual fills out a W4 form using your social security number and their name, with 30 or more deductions! As a result, the employer deducts very little if any payroll taxes. The IRS gets your social security number, their name, with hardly any payroll taxes paid, and assumes you are trying to evade taxes! If that happens you better have a few thousand to retain a tax attorney.

By: IDT911 Fri, 27 May 2011 20:20:41 +0000 At Identity Theft 911, we agree with the article and have been seeing the same trend in the last 2 to 3 years. We based our tax fraud assistance off of the GAO report from 2008 and this report seems to be a follow-up to that. One positive to mention is that the IRS has reduced the turn-around time of ID Theft related tax fraud cases greatly. A few years ago, it wasn’t uncommon for a case to take over a year to be resolved. Today, most victims are looking at 3 to 6 months. The single biggest contributor to the increase in fraud is the ease in which a fraudulent return can be filed online. The details in the GAO reports show that the number of fraudulent e-file sites has grown from a few hundred per season just 4 years ago, to thousands of new bogus sites each year. Another positive to mention is that the IRS has developed a “marker” for victims. This has greatly reduced the number of victims who have perennial problems filing.

A good tax resource, including tips to protect yourself when filing, can be found on our blog: afe-during-tax-time/

Matt Cullina, CEO, Identity Theft 911