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The Daily

IRS Will Inform Victims of Employment-related Identity Theft

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Apr 27, 2016
inside_sscThe IRS, at the urging of Congress, will begin informing victims of employment-related identity theft, according to The Hill. Unlike other forms, employment-related identity theft is done not to steal money from the victim but to use their information to secure employment. This is often done by people who lack things such as Social Security numbers of their own, like undocumented immigrants. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said that the IRS had previously been more concerned with making sure undocumented immigrants pay their taxes, even if it's done through a stolen identity, said The Hill. 

However, after a Senate Finance Committee hearing earlier this month, the IRS has now shifted its stance and said it will warn people when it detects someone else is using a taxpayer's personal information to get a job. The service will begin doing this January 2017, said The Hill.