RPAC and its sponsoring organizations (FGS, NGS, IAJGS) all submitted Statements for the Record supplementing the transcript of the March 20, 2012 hearing of the Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth of the Senate Committee on Finance entitled “Tax Fraud by Identity Theft, Part 2: Status, Progress, and Potential Solutions” in response to a committee invitation to do so.
We will be supplementing this posting with additional Statements for the Record submitted by other societies and uniquely qualified individuals that come to our attention.
We have all been outraged by reports of identity thieves filing fraudulent tax refund claims using the SSNs of recently deceased infants & adults. Our strongest message is that the means to stop this particular form of identity theft exists now, without waiting for any additional legislation.
As existing policy regarding public access to the Death Master File is reviewed, we urge that input from actual genealogists be sought. The members of the Records Preservation and Access Committee stand ready to assist in arranging for that input to both the Executive and Legislative branches.
We continue to work with members and staff of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee and other interested legislators as they consider legislative responses to the outrageous conduct of identity thieves filing fraudulent tax return claiming refunds and credits utilizing the SSNs of recently deceased infants and adults.
The outcome is far from certain. Please stay tuned. We may need to call for community action at various stages in the ongoing legislative process.