Overview of the Identity Theft Program
Nationwide, identity theft continues to grow at an alarming rate. In 2004, the IRS developed a strategy to address the problem of identity theft-related tax administration issues.
The IRS strategy continues to evolve, but is focused on three priorities that are fundamental to addressing this challenge:
- Victim assistance: The IRS is working to speed up case resolution and provide more training for employees who assist victims of identity theft.
- Outreach: The IRS is educating taxpayers so they can prevent and resolve tax-related identity theft issues quickly.
- Prevention: The IRS is implementing new processes for handling returns, new filters to detect fraud, new initiatives to partner with stakeholders, and a continued commitment to investigate the criminals who perpetrate these crimes. Refer to the IRS Identity Protection Home Page at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Identity-Protection to review a wide range of information on identity theft, ranging from how to contact the IRS with a case of identity theft to tips for keeping taxpayer records safe.
Being sensitive towards victims of identity theft is critical to assisting taxpayers through a confusing and frustrating situation. Remember victims of identity theft are:
- Victimized by identity thieves – mostly through no fault of their own and
- Trying to comply with tax laws – file tax return and pay their fair share of taxes