The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing Tuesday on moving forward with solutions to tax fraud and tax identity theft as they grappled with an expanding problem that has plagued recent tax seasons.

“Identity theft is a serious problem that is growing at epidemic proportions—especially tax-related identity theft,” said Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont.  “According to the IRS Taxpayer Advocate, tax-related identity theft jumped more than 650 percent between 2008 and 2012. Last year alone, there were 1.8 million incidents of identity theft and fraudulent refunds.”

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