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Old May 26th, 2015, 11:15 PM   #1
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Sophisticated criminals used an online service run by the IRS to access personal tax information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, part of an elaborate scheme to steal identities and claim fraudulent tax refunds, the IRS said Tuesday.

The thieves accessed a system called "Get Transcript," where taxpayers can get tax returns and other filings from previous years. In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address, the IRS said.

"We're confident that these are not amateurs," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "These actually are organized crime syndicates that not only we but everybody in the financial industry are dealing with."

Koskinen wouldn't say whether investigators believe the criminals are based overseas or where they obtained enough personal information about the taxpayers to access their returns. The IRS has launched a criminal investigation. The agency's inspector general is also investigating.

Identity thieves, both foreign and domestic, have stepped up their efforts in recent years to claim fraudulent tax refunds. The agency estimates it paid out $5.8 billion in fraudulent refunds to identity thieves in 2013.

"Eighty percent of the of the identity theft we're dealing with and refund fraud is related to organized crime here and around the world," Koskinen said. "These are extremely sophisticated criminals with access to a tremendous amount of data."

Congress is already pressing the IRS for information about the breach.
APNewsBreak: IRS Says Thieves Stole Tax Info From 100,000 - ABC News

This isn't the governmental transparency I wanted...
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Old May 27th, 2015, 05:10 AM   #2
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This isn't the governmental transparency I wanted...
My son was one of the victims. It has caused us a bit of grief. I almost choked when TurboTax reported his SSN had already been used. We are still trying to resolve this issue. I hadn't seen this story...but, it doesn't surprise me a bit.
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This is something to really be concerned about
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Old May 27th, 2015, 09:41 AM   #4
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Actually the Government has been stealing our money for years, wasting tax dollars on crap and insider contracts etc., looks like some folks just wanted to get some back.
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Actually the Government has been stealing our money for years, wasting tax dollars on crap and insider contracts etc., looks like some folks just wanted to get some back.
You would feel a lot less jubilant if it was your SSN they used for that false tax return.
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You would feel a lot less jubilant if it was your SSN they used for that false tax return.
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