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Commissioner Testifies Before U.S. Senate Finance Committee
Start Date: 3/12/2015 All Day
End Date: 3/12/2015
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Commissioner Testifies Before U.S. Senate Finance Committee

Indianapolis (March 12, 2015) – Indiana Department of Revenue Commissioner Mike Alley testified today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance on the topic of “Tax Schemes and Scams During the 2015 Filing Season.”

Alley provided a brief oral statement about the significance of identity theft tax fraud and Indiana’s identity protection program followed by a question-and-answer session.

Alley’s testimony addressed tax identity theft from three perspectives:

The nature of the problem
Identity theft and refund fraud is an epidemic problem and growing rapidly. It currently represents one of the easiest means available for fraudsters to monetize stolen identity information.

What are we doing in Indiana?
In 2014, Indiana launched a pilot program to protect Indiana taxpayers and Indiana tax revenues from fraudulent tax filings.

As a result of implementing this pilot, the department expected to directly reduce fraudulent refunds by $25 million with an investment of $8 million in staffing and technology. Our actual results confirmed more than $88 million of attempted refund fraud was identified and stopped.

The ultimate approach to combat this problem

Collaboration and information sharing among the IRS, state departments of revenue, and tax processing and software vendors is essential.

The testimony aired live on CSPAN, and the recorded broadcast is available here (www.c-span.org/video/?324730-1/hearing-tax-scam-protection).

Alley’s written testimony is available here (www.in.gov/dor/files/indiana-testimony-senate-finance-committee-3-12-15.pdf).

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