Who Knew? Phony Tax Filings Originate In Prisons, New Epidemic In Florida


It’s a relatively easy and violence-free crime that is growing exponentially.

But did you know that before tax fraud spread to the wider public, electronic tax fraud had its roots in prisons?

The IRS has stopped 135,000 fraudulent returns from being filed from prisons this tax season as part of the crackdown, but the The St. Augustine Record says “it needs an extension on a federal law that allows state and federal prison officials to work with federal investigators to share information.”

Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, who testified at a Senate hearing about blocking fake returns, noted the following:

“There have been hundreds of thousands of cases where unsuspecting law-abiding taxpayers, their lives are being turned upside down by identity theft and tax refund fraud. To the poor taxpayer, it’s unfair and unjust.”


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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.