Monday, November 30, 2015
When a taxpayer is filing a tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) they might sometimes hear back from the IRS that a tax return has already been filed for them. “Typically, this is due to a fraudulent return filed using the taxpayer identification number and name of the taxpayer that seeks a fraudulent refund of taxes already paid to the IRS – the IRS version of identity theft.” Under the previous policy a defrauded taxpayer that was the victim of identity theft could not see the return that they filed with the IRS. Taxpayers will also be able to see fraudulent tax returns from previous years going back six years. Any person interested in receiving more information about how to request a copy of a fraudulent tax return should look here.
See Charles (Chuck) Rubin, Identity Theft Victims Can Now Get A Copy of Fraudulently Filed Returns, Rubin On Tax, November 29, 2015.