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IRS Officers are Noticing More Tax Fraud with Deceased Social Security Numbers

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

There are numerous cases of tax fraud occurring each year according to IRS officers, but one of the latest trends is using deceased social security numbers on tax returns. IRS officers report that the most popular are that of deceased children. Individuals will use the social security number of a deceased child and place them on their tax return to get the child tax credit. Then, when the parents of that child go to do their own taxes, they find out their child’s social security number has already been used.

Unfortunately, information regarding deceased social security numbers seems to be readily available online, which means more cases of tax fraud is going to occur unless IRS officers find a way to work with officials to stop this information sharing from occurring. Known as the Death Master file, IRS officers claim tax fraud artists are able to get information regarding deceased birth dates and social security numbers, which they then use to file a fraudulent tax return.

IRS officers state that the growing number of electronic filings is not helping reduce tax fraud, in fact, they are promoting it. With more individuals filing their taxes online electronically, it will take IRS officers twice as long to recognize the fraud. In most cases, IRS officers are not even catching the fraud to begin with – tax payers are.

So what are IRS officers doing to help protect the rights and tax returns for innocent tax payers? At the moment, not much. More tax payers are falling victim to tax fraud than ever before and so far IRS officers do not have a budget to work to fight back. Now with more deceased social security numbers showing up in the mix, IRS officers only have double the work on their hands for preventing tax fraud.

If you were a victim of tax fraud, contact IRS officers immediately and notify them of the event. It is also recommended that you contact a tax professional who can help you negotiate and deal with IRS officers to prevent any delays in your due refund and to ensure that your rights are protected. Though you are a victim, IRS officers have already proven that they are not quick to help victims of tax fraud; therefore, get a professional on your side that is.

Contact the professionals at My Tax Attorney today for your IRS officer issue. My Tax Attorney can negotiate with IRS officers on your behalf and ensure that you get a favorable outcome, regardless of your tax issue.

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