Success Stories: Helping a Family Deal with a Stolen Identity

December 9, 2014

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.

When a husband and wife were billed for taxes resulting from an IRS assessment under the husband's Social Security number, they were shocked, because the taxpayers did not receive taxable income for that year and had not filed a tax return. When the taxpayers contacted the IRS, they were unable to secure an explanation of the assessment and were advised they had unreported income in subsequent tax years as well. After the taxpayers contacted TAS, the Case Advocate established that the taxpayers had not earned the income in question. In fact, it was earned by numerous other individuals who had been using the husband’s identity for multiple years. After an investigation, the individuals responsible for the identity theft were identified, and the accounts of all the parties were corrected. 

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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.