IRS reports increase in criminal investigations surrounding refund fraud

tax fraudTax Day has just passed, meaning millions of last-minute filers are waiting anxiously for their tax refund.  For some, that check won’t be in the mail, thanks to identity theft and refund fraudsters who steal refunds and tax IDs.  The IRS Criminal Investigation has started 295 new identity theft investigations since January, pushing the number of active cases to more than 1,800.  The coast-to-coast effort by Criminal Investigation is underway as part of a larger effort at the IRS to combat identity theft and refund fraud by pursuing identity thieves, preventing fraudulent refunds from being issued and helping victims of this crime.

If you suspect you’ve been a victim of refund fraud, contact your ShindelRock professional immediately.  Quick action is best in alleviating and persecuting this too-common crime.