ABSTRACT

Identity Theft: Improved Collaboration Could Increase Success of IRS Initiatives to Prevent Refund Fraud, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 4MB]

"IRS [Internal Revenue Service] estimates that fraudsters attempted at least $14.5 billion in IDT [identity theft] tax refund fraud in tax year 2015. Since 2015, GAO's [Government Accountability Office] High-Risk List has included IRS's efforts to address IDT refund fraud. Starting with its March 2015 Security Summit, IRS has partnered with state tax administrators and tax preparation companies, among others, on initiatives aimed at better preventing and detecting IDT refund fraud. GAO was asked to examine IRS's efforts to collaborate with these partners. This report, among other things, (1) describes actions taken to implement the ISAC [ Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud Information Sharing and Analysis Center] and RRT [Rapid Response Team], (2) evaluates the extent to which the ISAC pilot aligns with leading practices for pilot design, and (3) identifies actions, if any, that IRS could take to improve the ISAC pilot."

Report Number:
GAO-18-20
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Date:
2017-11
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
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application/pdf
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