Rep Allen West meets with IRS; discusses Taxpayer Identity Fraud in South Florida

(WASHINGTON)–  Congressman Allen West (R-FL) met with representatives from the Internal Revenue Service this week to discuss solutions to the growing number of taxpayer identity fraud cases in South Florida. Federal Trade Commission reports show tax-related identity fraud continues to plague the United States, most notably South Florida, where more than half of the 20,000 Florida identity fraud cases to the IRS have been detected.

“It has become too easy and far too common for criminals to obtain the taxpayer identification numbers of people and file fraudulently in their name,” West said.   “Today’s meeting with the IRS allowed me to hear directly from the agency as to what investigators are doing to prevent this crime.  I challenge the IRS to determine a more efficient system for tracking who these criminals are and how they are obtaining taxpayer identification numbers.”

IRS leaders discussed with Congressman West several new systems implemented this year to identify and track fraud, including a “detection code” assigned to suspicious filings.

“I can assure you, we are getting better everyday,” Jodi Patterson, Director of Return Integrity with the IRS, told Congressman West.  “This is a top priority for the IRS.”

Patterson also assured Congressman West the IRS is improving its system for how operators handle taxpayers who believe their identity has been stolen.

“We have spent a great deal of time training our operators on how to interact and best help expedite the reporting process, ” Patterson said.  

West asked the IRS to report back to him at the end of April on improvements the IRS has made over last year, including a report of indicators and warnings the IRS has discovered through its investigation. West also encouraged the IRS to work with local law enforcement to better track down criminals on a local level.

“Our local law enforcement is well aware of this problem and they want to be involved,” West said.  “I am confident the IRS is listening to our concerns and will continue tracking down these criminals until this problem is solved.”

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Stacy Swimp and “Contagious Transformation” Presents US Senator Jim DeMint and Senate Candidate Ted Cruz

Stacy Swimp and Contagious Transformation Present – US Senator Jim DeMint & US Candidate Ted Cruz this Friday January 20, 2012 on his radio show CLICK HERE : Contagious Transformation

Elected as South Carolina’s 55th senator in 2004, Sen. Jim DeMint quickly established himself as one of the most effective conservative leaders in Washington, seeking to enact innovative solutions to improve America for future generations. He has been a tireless advocate for smaller government, individual liberty, a strong national defense and traditional values, and his work to end earmarks, he is often referred to as a “taxpayer’s greatest ally”.  In early 2007, DeMint also fought for immigration reform, based on common sense solutions like securing the border, enforcing the laws already passed, and streamlining the legal system.  In 2006, he was elected Chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, which works to advance conservative legislation.  Recently, DeMint was ranked as the No. 1 senator voting for responsible tax and spending policies by the National Taxpayer’s Union.  DeMint understands the greatness of a country found in the people and values, not in government.

 

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Ted Cruz is a Partner at Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius in Houston LLP, where he leads the firm’s Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation practice.  Also, from 2004-2009, he taught US Supreme Court Litigation as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law.  Before serving as Solicitor General, Ted served as Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, an Associate Deputy General at the US Department of Justice, was Domestic Policy Advisor on the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign.  Ted was also the first hispanic ever to have clerked for Chief Justice; clerking for William Rehnquist on the US Supreme Court.