Identity Theft Tax Advocacy Efforts 


Identity TheftIdentity theft affects millions of taxpayers each year.  The AICPA has consistently supported and remains committed to regulatory and legislative measures that result in the deterrence of identity theft.   

The amount of fraudulent refunds paid and the economic impact to individual victims of identity theft are currently unacceptable and growing.  As a first step, we think it is necessary to implement necessary measures to abate tax return identity theft.  We realize no system will eliminate all identity theft and tax fraud.  However, the expense of establishing a more secure system is offset by the long-term benefits in terms of direct cost savings and overall trust in the integrity of the tax system. 

AICPA Position

AICPA recommends the following measures to help deter identity theft:

Tax Advocacy Efforts
    • Sept. 15, 2015 - AICPA Comment Letter on the Chairman’s Mark of a Bill to Prevent Identity Theft and Tax Refund Fraud
    • Mar. 17, 2015 - AICPA Comment Letter to the Senate Finance Committee Tax Reform Work Group (Individual Income Tax)
    • Jan. 12, 2015 - AICPA Comment Letter on the Tax Reform Act of 2014
    • Dec. 8, 2014 - AICPA Comment Letter on the Tax Refund Theft Prevention Act of 2014
    • Jan. 16, 2014 - AICPA Comment Letter on Senate Committee on Finance Chairman’s Staff Discussion Draft of Provisions to Reform Tax Administration
    • June 27, 2013 - AICPA Comment Letter on the Identity Theft and Tax Fraud Prevention Act of 2013 and Recommendations on Efforts to Combat Identity Theft
    • Apr.16, 2013 - AICPA Written Testimony on Tax Fraud, Tax ID Theft, and Tax Reform - Moving Forward with Solutions

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