In 2011 alone, the Internal Revenue Service dealt with about 1.34 million claims fraudulent tax returns being filed by scammers in other peoples' names, and that number seems to be growing.
Now, more consumers are turning to lawmakers at both the state and federal level for help when dealing with the fallout of identity theft
related to someone else fraudulently filing for their tax return, according to a report from the Palm Beach Post
. Complaints have been streaming in to both Senators and Representatives, who are doing all they can to help their victimized constituents.
"We are working with the sheriff's office and IRS taxpayer advocates to get those refunds sped along," Michael Mahaffey, spokesman for Rep. Tom Rooney, a Tequesta Republican, told the newspaper. "You have people who are struggling to pay their mortgage, to keep a roof over their head and pay their bills. They were counting on the money, and it's not there."Adam Levin
, the chairman of Identity Theft 911, writes regularly on his official blog about the challenges consumers face when dealing with tax return identity theft.
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