National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson told Congress in her annual report that the Internal Revenue Service is not doing enough to assists victims of tax-related identity theft and tax return preparer fraud.

The number of tax-related identity theft incidents has increased substantially in recent years, Olson noted. Within the Taxpayer Advocate Service, which Olson leads, identity theft case receipts increased by more than 650 percent from fiscal year 2008 to FY 2012. At the end of FY 2012, the IRS had nearly 650,000 identity-theft cases in its inventory.

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