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Below is an excerpt of an article that appeared in The Washington Times by Stephen Dinan - Tuesday, October 20, 2015.
IRS vows to cut ID fraud in 2016 filing season -
Stung by an embarrassing cyberfraud operation this year, the IRS vowed Tuesday to cut down on tax-refund identity theft in 2016 with a series of new checks designed to weed out increasingly sophisticated crimes.
While declining to give too much detail, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said the agency has worked out new standards and tools with tax preparers, state revenue officials and cybersecurity experts that should flag some of the more common tactics.
For example, multiple returns filed from the same foreign Internet address, or from the same device, will be flagged for review. And the IRS has the ability to see how long it takes to file a return from start to finish online, so ones that are completed too quickly will be flagged, because it could indicate an automated program.
“We’re breaking new ground in the battle against stolen identity refund fraud,” Mr. Koskinen said.
The IRS earlier this year acknowledged hackers managed to steal data on some 330,000 households from agency files, and tried to get at nearly 400,000 others. The hackers used personal information already available online to circumvent checks designed to verify someone’s authenticity in the IRS’s “Get Transcript” application, which gives taxpayers access to their own files.
By successfully impersonating a taxpayer, the thieves were able to gain access to their files, get even more personal information about them, and in thousands of cases to file amended returns claiming bogus refunds — a portion of the billions of dollars of fraudulent refunds the IRS pays each year.
“We are taking new steps upfront to protect taxpayers at the time they file and beyond,” Mr. Koskinen said. “Thanks to the cooperative efforts taking place between the industry, the states and the IRS, we will have new tools in place this January to protect taxpayers during the 2016 filing.
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