Early this week we received a letter from the IRS. It was sent to my proper address but had a name that has never lived here as far as I know. My wife and I have lived here for 10 years and the person we bought from was the original owner, and it wasn't her name either. The name on the letter had a DECD (deceased?) after it. We thought it a bit odd that it came to our address but just assumed it must be some mistake. Later in the week we got the exact same type of letter but only with a different name that also wasn't us or any prior resident. The new name also had a DECD after the name.
My wife opened the first letter before noticing the name was wrong and it says: Do nothing at this time. If you didn't file this return, someone else may have used your information.
Anyone heard of something like this?
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I've lived in this house 8-½ years and I perpetually get letters from collection agencies, the IRS and god knows who else trying to find a certain woman who never lived here.
I know she never lived here as I'm the 2nd owner and I know the previous owners' names, so someone is using our address for nefarious reasons.
Maybe someone stealing your ID passed away?
Hope I'm wrong.
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Dollar says one of the previous owners was the executor/executrix of an estate.
“In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
of the AAP
Most likely someone filed a fraudulent tax return to get a refund, using the ssn of a dead person and used your home as an address. The funds were probably deposited electronically.
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasure. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most money from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship..
-Alexander Fraser Tytler
Unfortunately this happens way too often. If I am remembering there was a case a few years back where there were 8 or 10 (probably more) fraudulent returns all sent from the same address.
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Your memory about the incident is correct, but your numbers are waaaaay off. It was 741 returns from 1 address.
741 Tax Returns Filed From Single Florida Address, IRS Sent Back Over $1 Million In Refunds
Either one particular home in South Florida is really, really crowded, or there's something shady going on.
In 2010, 741 tax returns were filed to the federal government from a single address in Belle Glade, Fla., the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. In response, the Internal Revenue Service issued over $1 million in combined tax refunds to that address, which is, y'know, embarrassing.
There were probably 741 votes corresponding to that. Or, is it possible that these are not fraudulent returns, but a scheme for an IRS agent(s) to embezzle funds? I know it is a terrible thing to cast doubt on a government worker(s), but then, sometimes bad things happen.
Possible identity theft.
My brother in law was injured from a workplace injury and in the process of applying for state benefits temporarily while not working found someone had assumed his identity and was drawing federal disability benefits for several years...
It took the IRS 9 months to figure out my wife was not married to another guy in NJ with my same name and sort out our first tax return.
It didn't matter what address or social security number we used or the fact we showed up 3 times at local office. It took them 9 months to correct THEIR paper work and electronic errors.
Just wait until obamacare computer fraud and mistakes start up.
Thanks for all the replies. After a bit more questioning and talking to friends. This seems like the most likely scenario. My wife has a friend who (btw, lives in our neighborhood now) was possibly in that list of 741. They moved here from FL last year and were victims of IRS/identity fraud among hundreds of others.
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