People file taxes to learn they are victims of identity theft

DICKSON, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tax season is stressful enough. Now imagine filing your taxes and the IRS tells you that you’ve already filed.

It’s happening to victims all across Middle Tennessee. Metro Nashville has multiple cases and one detective in Dickson has three victims of identity theft affecting their tax returns.

Det. Josh Ethridge told News 2 the victims filed their taxes and learned from the IRS someone had already done it with their identities.

“Technology at its worst. It’s been absolutely excruciating for them,” Ethridge told News 2.

Mike Roney is one of those victims. He told News 2 it was puzzling and made him angry.

“Didn’t know what to feel,” he said. “Nothing like this has ever happened to me before, although the IRS was very helpful once I was able to get a person on the phone.”

Roney said there is little he could have done to protect himself.

“Really nothing I could have been done different. It has not been determined where my information was breached,” he explained. “It’s suspected it’s through medical records.”

Roney told News 2 it takes a long time and a lot of effort to fight this type of fraud, but working with the IRS and Dickson police, he was able to get his refund.

Click here to learn some identity protection tips from the IRS.

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