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Tax refund fraud: IRS crackdown ensnares legitimate taxpayers

Source: - Mar 16, 2019

Kim Henry thought she had a simple tax return this year.

The 59-year-old resident of Fort Wayne, Indiana was expecting a small refund – just $327. But after submitting her return electronically on the first tax filing day in January, she got a letter from the IRS about two weeks later asking her to verify her identity. She could do it online, over the phone or in person.

When she called, the IRS representative asked a series of questions to confirm her identity: address, last tax filing, date and place of birth, mother’s maiden name, father’s name, and the source of her income in 2012.

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