The Internal Revenue Service currently has no corporate strategy to combat identify theft, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Until it adopts an agency-wide strategy, it will be unable to help taxpayers and the government combat what TIGTA calls "the growing threat" of identity theft and support the prosecution of offenders.

The inspector general leveled the charges in a new final audit report. In a memorandum accompanying the report, Pamela J. Gardiner, Treasury deputy inspector general for audit, called identity theft one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States.

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