Finally Got My 2011 Tax Return Refund

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Sorry I haven’t posted in a while.  I’ve been working on making ends meet and trying to survive.  Well, I am happy to say that I did finally get my tax return back on September 25 of this year.   This part of the whole “stolen tax return” wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be.  It only took about seven and a half months after my reporting it stolen until I got it and I’ve heard of people not getting theirs back for up to two years or not at all.  One thing I will tell you though is that you have to stay on top of it.  You must keep calling the IRS about every three weeks.  Each time I called them they told me that there was another necessary step that should have already been implemented that had not been implemented yet but that since I was calling now they would make sure to start that “next” process (whatever it was).

So after about 15 follow-up phone calls, patience and making sure that I made sure that the next step of the process was completed and following up on that, I was finally able to get it back.  It seems to me that the main step of the process is getting your case assigned to an IRS fraud case worker – this was the part that took the longest.  Once I got a caseworker she was very much on the case and made things happen as long as I followed up with her.

In a nutshell, what I would suggest is to continually follow up with them and remind them of what needs to be done next or to do whatever needs to be done next.   I even got my letter declaring that I was a victim of identity theft and another letter stating that I would receive my PIN to file for this year in December.

Now that this part is over, it still isn’t all over.  Unfortunately the idiots who stole my tax return filed it in another state and put down that I was married.  How does this affect someone you might ask?  Well, I just completed one degree and went to sign up for school for a second degree and guess what?  Since these idiots filed my tax return in California my school thinks I am not a resident and are asking me to pay out-of-state tuition fees.  I have never left Florida – Ever!  And to make matters worse they are asking for my spouses returns or employment information.  I’ve never had a spouse.  So to prove all of this they are asking for my tax return transcripts.  You’re gonna love this one – the IRS wont or claim they cannot cough up my tax return transcripts because the only one they can generate is the one from the first tax return submitted to them which would be that of the thief’s!

Isn’t life wonderful?

When I get this one worked out, I will let you know how I did it.  In the meantime, good luck with your identity theft situation.  And for those of you reading this that like to steal from other struggling people, I’d like to say – your mother really should have aborted you – Really!

And, oh yeah, although I used Turbo Tax every year to file my tax return, I have no idea how these morons stole my identity.  Apparently no one is safe no matter how they file their returns and identity theft is rampant all over the United States in this day and age. Hopefully the IRS, credit bureaus, etc., will come up with a better way to protect and deal with stolen identities.

Photo thanks to:   Jewish Women’s Archive. “Woman in field with rainbow.” (Viewed on December 5, 2012) <http://jwa.org/node/16101>.

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7 comments

  1. shawn mcdonald

    Question did they mail you a physical check or direct depoisted into your account. I’m in the same situation now thanks.

      • Christina A

        I am going through the same situation for my 2012 tax refund. I filed Feb 2, 2013 and was notified someone had already efiled using my SS#. I notified the IRS and went through all the necessary steps. I was also purchasing a house which took 5 months to close because my 2012 was still “being processed”. October 2012 I ended up finally “qualifying” for a tax advocate. She seemed to be getting everything in line finally, I was wrong!! December 3rd she called me & said my tax return was being sent on the 4th, electronically!! I told her no, i was told throughout the process it would be a paper check to eliminate further possibility of identity theft. She said to call her back if I didn’t receive it the next day. I called her everyday for 2 weeks without a return call. I started investigating & found out the tax refund was sent to Santa Barbera bank, they had the other persons address and sent the funds to a debit card. I’ve called every bank they tell me to call next and the final bank says they never received the funds & the debit card was closed Feb 2013. This has been a complete nightmare!! I filed form 3911 “where’s my tax refund” twice in the past 6 months and the IRS still hasn’t given me a formal response. Every representative at the IRS I get in contact with say the same thing, “I’ve never heard of a refund being sent electronically for a year where identity theft occurred.” 16 months and still no answers!! The IRS & tax advocate royally screwed up over & over!!! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!

    • Angela Beasley

      Julie, Some people do find out who stole their returns – them finding out is typically not on purpose. Every once in a while a police officer or someone at the IRS will slip up and tell you or you may find out by some other means. But neither law enforcement or the IRS are legally allowed to tell you. I am guessing this is to avoid you tracking someone down and ringing their damn neck.

      As far as how long the entire process takes – well it took me only seven months. I consider seven months a very short time within which to have this issue resolved. I have heard of people waiting up to two years to receive their stolen tax returns. The average time-frame seems to be somewhere around one year.

      My suggestion is to be patient and to continue to follow-up with the IRS every two weeks. When you are following up with them, try not to act like an asshole on the phone (trust me, I was very tempted to act like an ass because I was so upset), and be very detailed about what you are telling them. If you show them respect, they will be more likely to assist you or go the extra mile. And keep records of everything you spoke about and who you need to follow up with or which department you need to speak to next. Get the phone numbers of the departments they transfer you to and the names of the persons that will be handling the next phase of your situation. Ask them how long it usually takes for this phase of the process to be handled. Make sure you follow their instructions and make sure they do what they say they are going to do by following up with them on your next phone call. A lot of the steps they need to take get lost in the shuffle but when you call them back to remind them of what they said they were going to do and you can provide them with detailed information about it, they will typically make sure they get it done on that second phone call – at least this is what worked for me.

      Last but not least, ask for a confirmation of what they’re doing and make sure you have some way to track whatever you are mailing or faxing them when possible.

      I hope this helps!

  2. Elaine

    Hi. Our id’s have been stolen for tax purposes too this year (2014.) I sent in the necessary paper work so the reason I’m writing you is to ask if you could provide the telephone number I need to start harassing (I’ll be nice about it)? Thanks, Elaine

  3. Antonio

    Good stuff! I, too, am a victim of identity theft (except I know exactly who stole it) – so I have to go through the same motions. After finding out someone already filed for me – I paper-filed May 1st, with the identity theft form. They told me it could take up to 6 months. So I should expect something around November 1st. But, after reading this, 7 1/2 months and hearing some people take up to 2 years. I’m guessing that 6 months frame probably won’t happen.

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