Identity theft is a big problem. In fact, this year it took the number one spot on the IRS Dirty Dozen scam list. In an effort to help victims reclaim their identity, the IRS announced the nationwide expansion of a program that helps law enforcement officials obtain the tax return data they need to support their local investigations and prosecutions. Because the pilot program went so well, the IRS decided to expand it.
And, just as a reminder that anyone can end up a target of identity theft…the Chicago Tribune recently reported that Chief Justice John Roberts became a victim of credit card fraud.