“Consumer Reports” Highlights Identity Theft

The issue of taxpayer identity theft is highlighted in the October issue of Consumer Reports. Click here to see what they have to say. Here’s a sample:

Fraudulent tax return scams. This crime is relatively new but has jumped this year to 940,000 returns filed by identity thieves using other people’s names. How do they make money paying your taxes? They use your identity to claim a tax refund, and if you don’t have money coming to you, they lie about deductions to concoct a refund—$5 billion in ripped-off refunds this year.

The rest of the items on the page linked to above contain interesting reading about other types of scams to be watchful for.

I have another call with the IRS scheduled for mid-October to get the latest update on the identity theft case I am dealing with. I’ll have a blog post about that call after it takes place.

You can find the first installment of my series of blog posts about that case here. From there, you can find links to Parts 2 through 7.

“This blog post, along with comments that may follow, should not be considered tax advice. Before you make final tax or financial decisions, please secure a professional tax advisor to give you advice about your unique situation. To secure Jason as your accountant, please click on the ‘Services’ link at the top of the page.”


  1. says

    If no one has done the math, that is an average refund amount of just over $5,319.

    I have one client with this problem. It is a sure mess.

    • Jason Dinesen says

      Bruce: the case I am dealing with is now 17 months old. Unfortunately, there’s no recourse. I don’t think the Taxpayer Advocate will take up the case because, as crazy as it sounds, the long timeframe is standard procedure on ID theft cases. Taxpayer Advocate Services only takes cases that have experienced delays outside the norm. So we’re basically at the IRS’s mercy.

      If you need any help with the case you’re dealing with, you know how to contact me! My best advice is: settle in for a long ride.