Unmentioned television program reported on identity fraud (Florida) -- outrageous.
Two laws should be passed immediately:
1) the law that requires refund checks in 6 weeks should be repealed and people who want their refund should have to prove who they are (not after identity has been stolen); and
2) immediately the IRS should be prohibited from using Social Security number as identity for income tax and W-2.
In this day and age, people are capable of creating their own identification (take all sorts of social media). This is outrageous.
This is not a hard problem to solve. I worked three decades in information technology beginning 1974. [My opinion to member of U.S. Congress.]
BoBraxton, thanks for starting a discussion thread. I'd also like to direct your attention to these blog posts about identity theft: Insufficient prevention techniques leading to identity theft, Three ways to help avoid identity theft.
Ok with passing new laws but they should fix the IRS computers first because they seem to crash at convenient times. Not much confidence in the IRS fixing anything.
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