Help for a Taxpayer Whose Brother Stole His Identity

September 23, 2015

Every year, the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) helps thousands of people with tax problems. All personal details are removed to protect the privacy of the taxpayer.

While a taxpayer was out of the country, his brother stole his identity and used his Social Security number to file a tax return. The IRS audited the return, filed a lien against the taxpayer’s property, and took part of his refunds to pay the balance due (that showed on the bogus return the brother filed).

The taxpayer provided his original passport that proved he was out of the country when the fraudulent return was filed and audited. He also provided a copy of his brother’s driver’s license showing his name, but with his brother’s picture. TAS worked to get the assessment removed from the taxpayer’s account but the IRS denied the request multiple times, stating the taxpayer knew the person using his identity. The Case Advocate did not give up and continued to advocate by elevating the case. Ultimately, the IRS agreed to reverse the assessment and issue a refund to the taxpayer.

Learn more about identity theft.

When working with the Taxpayer Advocate Service, each individual or business taxpayer is assigned to an advocate who listens to the problem and helps the taxpayer understand what needs to be done to fix it. TAS advocates will do everything they can to get the problems resolved and will stay with the taxpayers every step of the way. Occasionally we feature stories of taxpayers and advocates who worked together to resolve complex tax issues. Read more TAS success stories.