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IRS Promising to Crack Down on identity Thieves

IRS Promising to Crack Down on identity Thieves

When it comes to filing taxes, a lot of us have plenty to worry about especially if we do all the work ourselves. But a growing number of Americans may have a new problem, i.e. a thief filing a false return in their name.

Identity thieves are becoming more adept at using personal information to file false tax returns in an effort to get someone's refund.

The IRS is promising to do more this year to catch identity thieves. It's doubled the number of people who investigate the crimes and trained 35-thousand employees to work with taxpayers. Unfortunately, tax related identity theft is exploding. In 2008, there were more than 47,000 cases. That grew to more than 240,000 cases in 2011 and it tripled last year to nearly 642,000 reports of theft.

The IRS says it's working to keep refunds out of the hands of thieves. It says one of the most important things you can to is check your credit report. (the recommended free site is annualcreditreport.com)

The IRS also warns consumers not to carry their social security card in their wallets. If your wallet is stolen, someone has visible proof of your personal information and can use the card to open accounts, even to apply for a job.

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