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Why Someone Would Want to Be Me

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tax Return Day. Our accountant goes to e-file. He cannot because a federal return already has been filed using my SSN. Warning, Will Robinson, this is tax fraud. Worse, it probably is identity theft.

The federal government has a dizzying dozen of complicated web pages, complete with broken hyperlinks, to guide the multitudes so afflicted through the process of reporting, complaining, alternate filing, and waiting until George Bush's grand-kids are old enough to work for the IRS unraveling it. Until then, apparently, no refunds for anyone.

How it happened is anyone's guess and we may never know. One guess: using an online travel agency (who needed by SSN for booking). But that is only a theory and smarter people than me (One Adam 12, One Adam 12...) will be running that down.

It's also very common. It's apparently happening to thousands of people. Someone out there has stolen, from all of us, perhaps my tax refund. I'll still get my refund from my 2014 taxes, several thousand worth, perhaps in 2 to 4 years. Or longer. No one really knows. And exactly two people appear to be in a hurry: my wife and me. Certainly no one who draws a government paycheck. I'm now in line people still waiting for their 2009 and 2010 refunds not released for the same reason.

Until then I have the solace in knowing that I am not alone in being a victim of this allegedly victimless crime. But I think the final joke is on the perpetrators, who for all we know may be the Russian Mafia. You see, they wanted to be me and they get the bad (my belly) with the good (my refund).

Now they, and no longer me, get to deal the lifelong extra poundage and the health ticking time bomb it represents. Now, I feel better. Sort of. Or not.

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PS - To those who say they try to come out as zero, I agree. However, I own a business and I am not in control of when clients do and do not pay, when contracts do and do not get signed. It so happens we are due a refund, because my guess about business profit was off. I don't intend to let the government use my money for free; trust me.
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  • PROVERBS31JULIA
    Hmmm this dos not bode well for us... We filed for an extension. I've already had credit cards hacked...

    Been thinking of you with all the ruckus going on in Baltimore. I don't have my readers on, so will fizz typos later, maƱana...
    1852 days ago
  • LADYSTARWIND
    They need to have a re-course where you can take your ID into a real person at an IRS agency outlet, and have the fraud verified, stopped, and your refund issued.

    In this day of computer cross-checks, any fraudulent transactions should stand out like blaring red flags...! Unless they have a copy of your return from last year, there's no way the fraud shouldn't be glaringly obvious... Different place to send refund? DIfferent working location? Different deductions? Different salary that doesn't cross-check with W2? Three or more "Flags" should be investigated by contacting the person BEFORE accepting the return...!!

    Good luck. Wishing you all the best that this will get resolved before you are an old crabby man! LOL

    1863 days ago
  • DALID414
    I thought I had problems, this whole Obama Care thing screwed me up!
    1865 days ago
  • IMLOCOLINDA
    Stuff like this just scares me to death. I can't even imagine how you must be feeling so I'm glad to read you can look at it from the lighter side with the jokes about them taking your belly. I have a friend who had her identity stolen 8 years ago and is STILL dealing with the ramifications and her credit is shot, unable to get a good loan rate or buy a house. What a mess!
    1865 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Bummer.
    1865 days ago
  • STRIVERONE
    I'm not up to murdering anyone, but if I could wish the perpetrators of these scams out of existence, I would. I don't have a high bar. Spammers are at risk too.
    1865 days ago
  • COOKIE_AT_51
    Someone else here on spark posted the same thing too ... sorry to hear this. I also owed so no one wanted to pay my bills I guess emoticon

    Hang in there ... gotta be something they can do since it is so many??

    ~ Cookie
    1865 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    Sooooo frustrating!! I would not be happy either . . .
    1865 days ago
  • CHARTHESTAR
    hope you eventually find out what happened. You sound like you have accepted the problem and are handling it well.
    I wouldn't want to wait that long for that much money. My goal is to come to as close to $0 as possible for a refund.
    1865 days ago
  • MT-MOONCHASER
    A hard lesson to learn - file early (the early bird gets the refund), and don't let the government have so much of your money.

    Better luck next year!!

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    1865 days ago
  • WORLDSERIES11
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  • BE-THE-CHANGE
    Sorry.
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    1865 days ago
  • ARAZA30
    funny pics
    1865 days ago
  • MARYANN2323
    So sorry to hear this. I know it is of little consolation, but venting does help, to a point. Best of luck with this. And so kiddies, we learn of the importance of not giving out our personal #s over the internet, no matter how secure we believe the site to be.
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    1865 days ago
  • PROPMAN1
    It stinks!!! My son is having the same issue. A sad reality lesson for him. emoticon
    1865 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    I . . . am . . . so . . . sorry. This is really a horrible situation happening to . . . as you say . . . many.


    1865 days ago
  • DSHONEYC
    I am so sorry...I owed this year and no one stepped up to steal my identity. I just got my own sort of "I feel better" feeling after realizing this. I owe, I owe, so off to work I go!


    1865 days ago
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