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Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Prevention Act of 2016 supported by U.S. Rep. Paul Cook
Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) has supported The Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Prevention Act of 2016 (H.R. 3832), a measure which overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives.
Rep. Cook said, “Identity theft is a huge problem. This bill will help keep taxpayers’ identities safe and also save taxpayer money. We need to do everything we can to protect taxpayers’ personal information and if it’s exposed, the IRS has an obligation to let them know their identity has been compromised.”
Identity theft refund fraud occurs when a refund-seeking identity thief obtains an individual’s identifying information and then files a fraudulent tax return. This fraud burdens taxpayers who have had fraudulent tax returns filed in their name because they must deal with delayed refunds as they authenticate their identities with the IRS.
Tax refund fraud associated with identity theft is a serious threat facing Americans. In 2013, the IRS estimated that it prevented $24.2 billion in fraudulent identity theft refunds, but paid $5.8 billion in fraudulent refunds.
This bill directs the IRS to increase the agency’s efforts in combating the growing problem of identity theft. Specifically, the bill requires the IRS to notify taxpayers of any instances of identity theft detected by the IRS, and to provide affected taxpayers with information on the circumstances of such theft.
Rep. Cook’s California 8th District includes the city of Yucaipa. His Yucaipa District office is located at 34282 Yucaipa Boulevard. The Yucaipa office can be reached at 909.797.4900.