Identity theft with the IRS
|I think Iâ€™m pretty careful guarding my identity. I use a paper shredder and have an alternate birth date on all social media sites. Some days my wife says she doesnâ€™t know me. Last year I attempted to file my tax return electronically. It was, however, rejected. An IRS agent told me a return may have been filed under my social security number. The IRS did not suggest any course of action, other than filing my return by snail mail. |
When the same thing happened this year, I knew something was afoul. The agent, I spoke with this year, asked whether I had received my refund. This was after I spent 10 minutes answering questions to prove who I was. This third degree is not required for filing a fraudulent tax return and receiving a refund.
Finally I was getting somewhere. The agent told me to file Form 14039 to report the identity theft and they would investigate. Then she brought up the refund. I said I owed money last year, there was no refund. I had filed an amended return and owed an additional $10. Because the IRS had the fraudulent return in the system they determined that the $10 was incorrect. The agent said she would mail me Form 3911 to track down the $10, which I never received. The IRS has a form for everything.
The IRS will take 180 days to investigate Form 14039. However, the answer was right on Form 3911. The refund was a direct deposit to the account of Robert G. Sherman of Maitland Florida, complete with his bank account number. Before I hire Dog the Bounty Hunter to track down Robert G., it is possible that this is just a big IRS FUBAR. Although, Robert G. didnâ€™t return the $10; so he still a person of interest.
The form 3911 had Robertâ€™s address in addition to his bank account number; so itâ€™s a mystery why it should take 180 days to sort this out.
Two weeks after I mailed my 2012 return, I called the IRS to confirm my return was received. The automated system has no menu item for this question. There are dozens of other questions, which I had to go through. The first menu item put me a bad mood; â€śpush one for English.â€ť You should not have to push one for English in any system in the USA. After being on hold for 20 minutes I reached an agent. She told me returns which are mailed in take 6-8 weeks to process.
I have no choice but to sit and wait. To be continued.