Identity theft leading to surge in tax fraud cases

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KIRKWOOD, MO (KTVI)-Reports are pouring in to some area police departments about people's identities being stolen and used to file phony tax returns. Some are calling it a nationwide epidemic and laying the blame at the feet of the agency being ripped off: the IRS.

Just in the last week, eleven people have walked into the Kirkwood Police Department to make a complaint when someone else tried to steal what should have been their tax return. There have been about sixty such cases just in Kirkwood, and many more elsewhere.

The IRS wouldn't provide local numbers on how many cases there are, but St. Louis County Police have taken more than six hundred reports and the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department has seen more than a hundred.

More coverage: IRS Return Fraud

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4 comments

  • canseepastthetrees

    Old news and you can even send a photo and other info about the place where said tax return was mailed to and they wont do chit about it. Only thing you can do is mail in your taxes before they do. I know of someone in Mexafornia that was doing it over and over. and most likey is still doing it.

  • Anne Woodard

    Maybe we need to go old school and everyone mail in their tax return and only paper checks are mailed out. I don’t recall hearing so much about tax refund theft in the “old days” before electronic filing.

  • Mascoutan

    Why don’t we eliminate 99% of the papperwork and simplify the tax code? Why can’t we, who live in the greatest country on the planet, pay our taxes via a postcard? Why do we have to have thousands of tax preperation steps, wasting so much money and time just to pay our taxes? How about a flat tax? Maybe a national sales tax and get rid of income tax? I think eliminating or greatly reducing the IRS would be a wonderful thing!

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