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FW: [iajgs] (USA) House Ways and Means Subcommittees To Hold Joint Hearing On Identity Theft and Tax Fraud

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  • Max Heffler
    House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany, Jr., MD (R-LA) and Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) announced
    Message 1 of 1 , May 3, 2012
      House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany, Jr.,
      MD (R-LA) and Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX)
      announced that the Subcommittees on Oversight and Social Security will hold
      a hearing on tax fraud involving identity theft. The hearing will take place
      on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, in 1100 Longworth House Office Building, beginning
      at 10:00 A.M EDT. Oral testimony at this hearing will be from invited
      witnesses only. However, any individual or organization not scheduled for an
      oral appearance may submit a written statement for consideration by the
      Committee and for inclusion in the printed record of the hearing. We have
      been advised that the only invited presenters will be from government
      agencies. See: http://tinyurl.com/7qnot8h Original
      url:http://waysandmeans.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=293590

      Anyone may watch the hearing by going to the committee website listed above
      and following the instructions for watching the video at the time of the
      hearing or clicking on committee videos on the lower left side..

      For Processing Year 2011, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reported
      detecting approximately 940,000 tax returns potentially filed by identity
      thieves and prevented issuing $6.5 billion in fraudulent tax refunds.
      Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) found that
      fraudulent refunds acquired through identity theft are significantly greater
      than the amounts detected. The use of the Death Master File (DMF) also known
      as the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) has been purchased by other
      government agencies, financial institutions, life insurance companies,
      credit reporting organizations, data aggregators, medical researchers,
      genealogists and others; and purchasers are free to re-disclose the data
      they obtain. This hearing will explore a major source of the problem -
      identity thieves who steal Social Security numbers to engage in tax fraud.

      This joint subcommittee hearing has been expected since the February 2, 2012
      hearing before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security. To
      head the IAJGS statements submitted following the February 2 hearing and the
      Senate Finance Committee hearing submitted following the March 20 hearing
      see www.iajgs.org and look at the latest Legislative Alert dated March 28,
      2012 under "legislation" on the green tab on the left.

      Jan Meisels Allen
      janmallen@...
      IAJGS Vice President
      Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee
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