Tax US Inmate Tax Refund Fraud ‘A Billion Dollar Problem’

Tax refund fraud associated with prisoner Social Security Numbers (SSNs) remains a significant problem for the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS), according to a report issued recently by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). The number of fraudulent tax returns filed using a prisoner’s SSN that were identified by the IRS increased from some 37,000 tax returns in 2007 to more than 137,000 in 2012.

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