The union representing Internal Revenue Service employees is warning that budget cuts will hamper IRS efforts to combat identity theft and assist taxpayers.
A recent survey by the National Treasury Employees Union found IRS members warning that tax refunds for identity theft victims could be delayed by six months to a year because of budget cuts. The agency currently has nearly 650,000 active identity fraud cases; and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has warned of billions in fraudulent refunds over the next five years unless identity theft is adequately addressed.
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