IRS taking steps to try to protect against identity theft (AP)
Identity theft can come in the form has been on the hot list of taxpayer issues for several years (and has been identified as a most serious problem in several past Annual Reports to Congress). The IRS continues to change policies to try and prevent and aleviate the problem.
A notice from the Internal Revenue Service saying your return won’t be accepted might be your first clue that your identity has been stolen.
[National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson] has called identity theft “an invasive crime that can have a traumatic emotional impact.” She said early last year that she had called on the IRS to designate a single point of contact, someone who can provide “sensitive, holistic assistance” to an identity-theft victim.
Read the full story: IRS taking steps to try to protect against identity theft (AP/Dallas Morning News)