Tax Rebates & Refunds

Victims of ID theft may have to wait longer for tax refunds

January 19, 2013
Posted in Fraud, Tax Rebates — Written by Chris

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the U.S. equivalent of the UK’s HM Revenue & Customs, has announced that victims of ID theft may have to wait months to get their tax returns processed and tax rebates paid.

In 2012, the delay for tax return and tax refund processing for people whose ID had been stolen and used in false tax returns was around 180 days.

However, the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS), an IRS watchdog group, has warned that the wait this year could be even longer. The TAS explained that the IRS has to conduct a considerable amount of internal paperwork before it can issue tax rebates, and this is the case even if ID theft has been spotted and the IRS knows that the victim of the crime is owed a refund.

The TAS has recently submitted its annual report to the United States Congress on the issue, in which it offers a number of recommendations to improve the tax rebate process for identity theft victims. Along with setting up a single point of contact for ID theft victims, the watchdog is also pushing for faster refund access.

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