Income Tax Fraud Scheme Targets Doctors
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Thursday, April 24, 2014 07:00 AM

An income tax fraud scheme, has been perpetrated against hundreds of doctors, but government investigators and medical societies are unsure why or how this rash of fraud has occurred.  Scam artists are using the identities of healthcare providers to e-file taxes and collect returns for themselves.

In some cases, victims learned of the scam when they tried to file their taxes, and were rejected by the IRS because returns were already filed using their Social Security numbers. Others received tax refunds before they filed taxes or received IRS notices warning of identity theft.

The spree appears to be pretty random.  Income tax fraud scheme is nothing new.  The Internal Revenue Service listed it as the top form of tax scam of 2014. It has afflicted other groups of professionals in the past -- but appears to hit physicians particularly hard this year.

An IRS official, speaking on background, said this could be a problem facing the general population. After all, identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes.  There are roughly 145 million taxpayers, and the IRS has stopped 15 million suspicious returns since 2011 alone.