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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