MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – You have probably heard about people stealing identities to open credit cards and purchase cars. But there a growing problem – people getting tax refunds after stealing someone’s identity.
In the next five years, the Internal Revenue Service estimates that $21 billion in refunds will be given out to thieves who stole identities of unsuspecting people and filed phony tax returns.
“I have so many constituents who have called my office and said ‘I filed my taxes and I was told that my tax form was already filed and somebody else filed it. Not only that, but I was told that the return that I was supposed to get from the federal government went elsewhere,'” Rep. Steve Israel told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall. “This is a growing criminal enterprise.”