Patrice J. Lee ― IRS Agents Not Winning Industriousness Awards
Patrice Lee, a Senior Fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, is the Director of Outreach at Generation Opportunity where she works to promote economic opportunity for Millennials. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Tufts University and a master’s degree in international relations from Boston College
(Independent Women's Forum)
Tax return fraud was big this year. The IRS has been lax in many ways from fired workers accessing private taxpayer information to scammers stealing the identities of the dead to file tax returns. Now, we can add to the list refusing to inform victims of fraudulent activity.
About 2.4 million U.S. taxpayers had their names or Social Security numbers used on falsified tax returns in 2013 (the most recent year available). Earlier this spring it was revealed that scammers used Turbo Tax software to file false state and federal returns. It caused Intuit, parent company of Turbo Tax, to suspend filing state forms.
Unfortunately, victims often didn’t learn that their private information had been used to file fraudulent returns and claim money until they legitimately went to file their taxes. However, the process to actually obtain the false returns has turned into a nightmare as the IRS refuses to share that information.