Couple accused of stealing identities in order to receive over one million in tax refunds.
Authorities state that a couple are accused of stealing over five hundred and fifty identities from people in order to acquire one and a third million dollars in tax refunds in 2011.
Samantha Towns, 30, and Roma Sims, 34, have been arrested and will have hearings today in the United States District Court. The couple are being charged with identity theft, wire fraud and conspiracy.
Multiple victims are from the state of Kentucky and many claim their income from disability or other government assistance, according to LIsa DiSalvo an IRS agent investigating the case.
DiSalvo stated the theft had been identified as a criminal complaint through the IRS Scheme Detection Center. This department seeks out fraud through identification of numerous refunds deposited into individual bank accounts, multiple tax refunds filed through one Internet address, discovery of deductions on tax returns and unverifiable incomes.
Sims from 1253 Flagstone Square in Westerville and Towns from 2681 John Steven Way in Reynoldsburg, operated their plan posing as X-Press Taxes and Accounting Services and Express Tax & Accounting according to the IRS.
2011 taxes are already in the books for most people. It is possible you simply forgot about taxes, were busy, or perhaps did not have the money to pay what you owed. If you have not filed yet, do not panic. If you have the capability, you want to go ahead and do your 2011 taxes as soon as possible.
If you are still not ready, contact the IRS and request an extension for taxes 2011. Depending on your circumstances, the IRS may not penalize you. If you are getting a refund, you should not be penalized at all for your late filing.
The best way to make the filing process go smoothly is to have all your tax information on hand. This can includes receipts, your total income, possible business expenses, and your taxes from last year.
2011 taxes can seem pretty daunting. If you are having trouble figuring out everything yourself, it can often be beneficial to use a program like Turbotax. This can help guide you step by step and show you the math and some of the deductions for taxes 2011 that you should make. Filing sooner means you will get your refund faster, or prevent late fees and interest piling up on money you owe.
Tax filing tips can help someone prevent tax refund identity theft, but there are tax filing tips that can keep someone from becoming a citric of this crime when he is filing his taxes 2011 or his taxes for any other year. There is vital information a person must place on every return. The return needs his name and his social security number. He needs to be honest about his income, but if more than one social security return is filed for the same number may or may not send up a red flag. The IRS cannot check everyone. The checks or the debit cards need to be sent to their intended recipient.
Many people rely on their tax return to make large purchase. Some people use their taxes to buy new cars or to make other large purchases. If the IRS gets two different terms from the same social security number, it flags the return. IRS agents need to go over the return manually. The need to process a return manually can delay the return for weeks or months. The IRS needs to figure out which return is legitimate and which return needs to be processed.
A taxpayer who has followed the rules all of his life may wonder why his tax return has undergone such scrutiny. It has to do with the way the organization processes returns. The return that gets handed in first is processed first. A later return coming in later causes an investigation to be launched. There may be times when the mistake comes about because of a transcription error. There are other times when it comes about because someone has stolen the original taxpayers social security number.