The United States Treasury Department forecasts in 2013 that tax fraud in the country could cost the government up to $21 Billion in the next 5 years.
Criminals file electronic tax forms using stolen names and Social Security numbers to obtain refunds.
In 2012, there were 1.2 million cases of tax identity theft across the United States. In 2008, there were 48,000 cases.
Cases have been detected in 48 states, with the state of Florida having the highest rate of tax fraud in the nation.
Source: David Adams, “Florida hit by “tsunami” of tax identity fraud,” Reuters, February 17, 2013.