Income tax identity theft season isn't over yet

April 18, 2015 1:00 PM

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The April 15th deadline for the filing of federal income taxes has come and gone, but if you have become a victim of income tax identity theft this tax season, your problems have only just begun. Income tax identity theft occurs when an identity thief files an income tax return using the name and Social Security number of a legitimate taxpayer and claims a refund based generally on a counterfeit W-2.

According to a recently released report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), the IRS has made some progress in assisting the innocent victims of income tax identity theft in getting their legitimate refunds. However, it still takes, on average, 278 days to resolve the cl...

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