Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Media coverage of the fake tax refund problem continues

Recently, many media outlets have reported the generation of fake W-2 forms and the filing of them with the IRS, disrupting returns to legitimate taxpayers, that get held up for months.
Here’s a typical story, from Myrtle Beach, SC.  WJLA in Washington DC ran a story Tuesday night.

Since the IRS does not send payers W-2 forms but allows them to be printed, it would seem hard to make a legal case against the use of counterfeit forms. That’s one opinion.   But there’s a good question if it can be illegal to provide a service that has only a criminal use (a line of thinking we’ve heard in other areas, like copyright).  Some companies claim they offer “novelties”.

But it’s rather shocking, what you get when you search Google for “fake W-2 forms”. Like Forrest Gump, you never know what you're going to get.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Fake tax refund scams could affect targets for years

Michelle Singletary offers a disturbing commentary in the Business Section of the Washington Post, Sunday, January 31, 2016, “Victims of tax-fraud could be looking over their shoulders for years”  .

 The article specifically addresses fake tax returns on stolen SSN’s or identities.

The IRS has an “identity protection specialized unit” and can offer an “Identity Protection Personal Identification Number” or IPPIN.

It’s getting time to start gathering together all the info for the 2015 taxes.