The IRS has admitted that it is overwhelmed by the number of tax fraud cases it has to resolve. An IRS spokesman in Florida said its employees are receiving additional training to better equip them to handle tax fraud. At the same time, the IRS is working to catch fraudulent tax returns at source. But this is easier said than done.
Last week, dozens of taxpayers who claim they were victims of tax fraud waited for more than three hours before the IRS opened its doors in Tampa to complain about being cheated of their dues. Many were sent home and told to return the next day. The IRS in Tampa just did not have sufficient manpower to deal with the surge of cases of tax fraud.
Tampa is considered one of nine high-risk cities in the country when it comes to tax fraud. Many victims have had their identities stolen and found that someone had filed tax returns in their names, while others have had their tax refunds siphoned to another location. All it takes for the IRS computers to process a refund is a matching Social Security number and name. The IRS computers do not review inconsistencies.?With the situation getting graver, the IRS has been coming under fire from many disgruntled taxpayers. One Tampa victim, Rose Thomas who discovered someone had filed a tax return using her name said, “(The IRS needs) to be more considerate about what we’re going through and not have an attitude when we walk in the door.”
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