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IRS to start notifying victims of social security fraud


The HillThe Internal Revenue Service will start notifying victims of employment-related identity theft in a shift of policy following criticism from Congress.

"We’re still working out the details of the policy change to advise people of possible misuse of their Social Security number, and we will have more details to share in the near future," the IRS said in a statement.

Note that what they don't say is even more important than what they do say.

The problem is that people in the country illegally use illegally-obtained social security numbers to (fraudulently) prove their work authorization, and then file their taxes using Taxpayer Identification Numbers.

The IRS is making this announcement most likely because existing federal law requires disclosure of identity theft incidents; other organizations and agencies routinely disclose such incidents and usually offer identity protection services for a period of time after the incident. This is what the IRS is saying they will start doing. It's an improvement.

What they are not doing, and should be, is notifying the employers that the social security number used to obtain the job was fraudulent.

This entry was published Fri Apr 29 12:48:49 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2016-04-29 12:48:49.0. [Tweet]

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