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Update on ID theft tax scam: IRS responds, points to budget
e-Reports, June 16, 2014
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Fielding more than 100 calls from members all over Indiana, the ISMA sent a letter in April to members of Congress and the General Assembly to alert them to the tax scam affecting physicians and health care professionals. (See the ISMA website or the April 21 issue.) At the ISMA’s urging, Indiana’s entire congressional delegation then sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

This month, an IRS response letter, forwarded by the office of Sen. Dan Coats, noted the tax fraud problem is not confined to Indiana or to health care. Officials advised they have increased “efforts to combat identity theft and tax fraud and assist the victims,” and they point to their “current budget situation” as an obstacle to improving their effectiveness.

Mike Rinebold, ISMA director of Government Relations, said, “We will continue working through our congressional delegation to learn more as the investigation continues.”

ISMA staff is still receiving calls from scam victims, and we have received assurances that both federal and state agencies are searching for the source of the identity breach.

See the ISMA letter to our Congressional delegation and state lawmakers here.

Read the subsequent letter from Indiana’s Congressional Delegation to the IRS Commissioner.

Find the IRS response letter here.

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