Iowa City seeing more cases of tax fraud - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Iowa City seeing more cases of tax fraud

Posted: Updated:
  • KWWL.com LinksMore>>

  • Iowa City News

    Iowa City News

    Local news and information for Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, Solon, Tiffin, Swisher, Hills, Lone Tree, Oxford, University Heights, Shueyville and all of Johnson County and the surrounding area.More >>
    Local news and information for Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, Solon, Tiffin, Swisher, Hills, Lone Tree, Oxford, University Heights, Shueyville and all of Johnson County and the surrounding area.More >>
IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

While the filing deadline for your tax return is just 11 days away, one eastern Iowa town is seeing dozens of cases in which people are finding out they're victims of tax fraud.

"I had no knowledge of this," said an Iowa City man who didn't want to give his name. "Tried to file electronically, but it rejected me.

He is just one of dozens of tax fraud victims and he's still afraid more of his personal information could be stolen.

He says he got a letter from the IRS the same day he was filing his taxes, saying someone already filed for him so he knew something wasn't right.

A quick check of the Iowa City Police logs shows at least 30 other reports of tax fraud this week, where identities were stolen to file taxes.

"This is the first year where I actually had people's Social Security Number used to file a fraudulent return," said Kenneth Haldeman, accountant and tax preparer.

Haldeman runs KJH Accounting & Tax Services in Iowa City.

Haldeman has been in the business for 25 years and says this year is the first time he's seen returns rejected because of identity theft.

"A victim of identity theft for their tax return purposes, they're not going to lose out," said Haldeman. "They're going to suffer delays and additional expenditure of effort, but they're not going to lose their refund."

He says there's really not a lot people can do to stop tax fraud.

Haldeman says you'll just have to file using the paper process, sending of all your tax documents with copies of your ID through the mail.

He says you should notify the IRS immediately if you're a victim and fill out a 14039 IRS identity theft form.

Haldeman says the manual process could delay your returns by months.

Meanwhile the victim is glad the con artists didn't use his identity for anything else.

"I felt somewhat better than some people do in that the filing hadn't worked and no other attempt to used my identity," said tax fraud victim.

Powered by Frankly