FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2012
State’s Attorney Alerts Public Regarding Tax Refund Fraud
Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds is alerting the public regarding identity theft and tax refund fraud associated with April’s tax filing deadline. Tax refund fraud commonly occurs when stolen identity information is used to file a tax return in the victim’s name and the thief then obtains the refund that would be due to the victim. Tax refund fraud was reported last year in Union County and the State’s Attorney’s Office urges the public to protect identifying documents and information as the tax deadline approaches. Members of the public with questions or reporting suspicious activity may call the Union County State’s Attorney’s Office at 618-833-7216 or the IRS Southern Illinois ID Theft/Refund Fraud Response Team at 618-410-6918.
Additional information is also available at www.irs.gov/identitytheft