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Criminal consequences for stolen identity refund charges

| Apr 27, 2019 | Criminal/Civil Tax Litigation |

Whether one owes taxes or receives a refund, the information and details provided on a tax return must be truthful and authentic. If information is false or one files a return under a false identity, this could present serious issues. Much like identity theft results in criminal charges, one could face criminal tax liabilities if one files a tax return with another identity.

Stolen identity refund is a crime in which a person makes a fraudulent claim for a refund in the name of a person whose personal information appears to have been stolen or unlawfully used for the purpose of making this claim. In other words, the claim is used to benefit someone other than the person named in the refund claim.

This criminal tax matter could also implicate the accused of other criminal acts, as he or she obtained the personal information of another in some form or way. This can include conspiracy as to false claims, false claims, treasury check forgery, theft of public money, identity theft, access device fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud and others. Such a situation not only causes one to face criminal tax charges but also federal charges as well. Because these can carry harsh penalties, it is vital to explore mechanisms to reduce or dismiss these charges.

Being accused of any crime can be challenging and overwhelming. One may not fully understand how to address the matter, as it presents many questions. However, it is important to take the time to understand the situation and what legal steps could be taken. Asserting a defense could help the accused avoid criminal conviction and tax liabilities.