E-file fraud: Identity thieves filing taxes to steal refunds

April 6, 2015 12:22 PM

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By its very nature, tax season unleashes a certain amount of angst, but this year may produce a higher level of foreboding due to a slew of data breaches that have imperiled electronic filing of tax returns.

"Tax fraud this year is very prevalent, primarily because of these recent high-profile data breaches," said Julie Miller, a spokeswoman for Intuit, a Mountain View software maker whose signature products include the TurboTax program. "We are seeing tax refund fraud being driven by identify theft. Th...

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