Comptroller Franchot Signs MOU to Protect Taxpayers from Identity Theft and Refund Fraud

Comptroller Joins Collaborative Effort with IRS, State Departments of Revenue

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (November 13, 2015) – Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in collaboration with the Internal Revenue Service, State Departments of Revenue, Tax Industry Electronic Return Transmission and related financial services organizations to protect taxpayers from the burdens associated with identity theft and refund fraud.

“This is an important step in protecting Maryland taxpayers,” said Comptroller Franchot, as the state’s chief tax collector. “Securing taxpayer information is a top priority of my office, and we owe it to law-abiding citizens to catch and prosecute tax fraud to the fullest extent of the law.”

The MOU will facilitate information sharing and other efforts to establish robust security measures and identity theft, refund fraud detection and prevention practices for electronic filing of federal and state income tax returns. The initiative aims to combat tax-related refund fraud and identity theft through enhanced communication and information sharing among parties involved in the electronic filing and processing of federal and state income tax returns.

As it has done for years now, the agency’s fraud detection team uses high-tech methods to scrutinize returns for questionable or fraudulent information before they are processed. The Comptroller’s Office has already been working collaboratively with the Internal Revenue Service, the Postal Inspector and out-of-state revenue and law enforcement agencies to share information and identify and prevent fraud multi-state schemes.

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