For the first time in about a month I had time to call the IRS to find out whether they have actually received my mailed tax return along with the affidavit and identification. I had to call because there is no information online. I didn’t think they would be able to tell me anything on the phone either, but I assumed it was worth a try.
After holding (on speakerphone of course) for a little over 15 minutes in an attempt to reach the Identity Theft section of the IRS, I was greeted by a very nice representative who verified that I was who I said I was through a series of identification questions and then proceeded to tell me that “Yes” they (the IRS) have received my affidavit and information through the mail. I also asked if I would actually get my return and if so when might I expect it or if he might have an estimated time-frame. He assured me that I would definitely receive it eventually but that the time-frame could vary anywhere from four months to a little over a year. I also inquired about the possibility of receiving a PIN number to avoid future incidents and he told me that PIN numbers would be issued somewhere around November for current victims to avoid repeat victimization on subsequent tax returns.
He (the IRS representative) seemed or sounded very nervous when I began to question him. I didn’t want him to feel like I was picking on him because it definitely is not his fault that the IRS has failed to handle their business.
I found it amusing that I had to answer so many identification questions just to find out if they received my information – If the identity thief were asked about half these questions before being handed my money no one would have this problem and billions of dollars would not be floating around amongst the pockets of lazy, entitled, scum of the earth.
Billions? Did I say “Billions”? Yes, I did! According to our very own Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George The toll is nearing the billions that could be raked in within the next five years because the IRS cannot keep up. You can read more about that in this article on CNN.com by Scott Zamost: Identity thieves could rake in $26 billion in tax refunds
By the way, if you are a victim of identity theft because of a stolen tax return do not bother to call the “Where is my Refund” section of the IRS or the “Customer Service” division. Call this number: 800-908-4490 between 7am and 7pm, Monday thru Friday and be prepared for a long wait.