IRS crackdown on identity theft

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Here’s an easy way for an identity thief to make money: Use the victim’s Social Security number to file a forged tax return and claim a refund.

The fake return is usually filed early in the tax season, before the real return is filed. You may be unaware that this has happened until you file your return later in the filing season and discover that two returns have been filed using the same Social Security number.