One of the biggest problems in the area of Taxes and Accounting is business identity theft. This dishonesty is when a person or group creates, uses, or tries to use a business’s information to try and get tax benefits. The IRS is trying to deal with this growing problem, but they have a long way to go. In 2013, there were 133 tax returns that were suspected of having a share in business identity theft. From that group, 97 claimed refunds of over $2 million.
The IRS is establishing procedures to look for patterns that come up in business tax filings that are based on fraudulent claims. They are also going to be proactive in reaching out to businesses that may have had their identities stolen. These patterns keep changing, so will their detection process. These stolen refunds end up effecting every taxpayer. This program would seem to be a step in the right direction to stop this problem. What do you think?