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IRS: IDs stolen to file false tax returns

Social security numbers stolen to file false tax returns

ORLANDO, Fla. – With tax season in full swing, a spokesman for the IRS in Florida says criminals are stealing IDs, including social security numbers, to file false tax returns.

IRS spokesman Mike Dobzinski tells The Daytona Beach News Journal that complaints about phony returns, "Between 2010 and 2011, increased."

Since December, records filed with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office show three separate complaints have been filed where someone had filed a fradulent tax return in someone else's name. Two were reported in Deltona and another in DeLand.  New Smyrna Beach and Daytona Beach police have also received similar complaints.

In one case, the wife of a Deltona man had filed a tax return via Turbo Tax and had been advised they could not file a return because one had already been filed using the man's social security number.

For more information on how to protect one's identity, visit the IRS website.