FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 6, 2014

State’s Attor­ney Reminds 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 has pre­vi­ous­ly been report­ed 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 toll-free at 1–800-908‑4490.

Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion is also avail­able online at www.unioncountyil.gov/sa and at www.irs.gov/identitytheft