The e-file PIN retrieval tool was taken offline in June, following a suspicious uptick in attempts to use it, IRS Commissioner Koskinen reported at a security meeting in June. Taxpayers can no longer sign returns that they file online with an electronic filing personal identification number. The IRS is still trying to determine how many PINs may have been compromised.
Refund fraud continues to rise, but more is being caught, Koskinen said. From January through April 2016, the IRS caught $1.1 billion of fraudulent refunds claimed on more than 171,000 returns, compared with $754 million claimed on 141,000 returns in the same period in 2015, about 49% more money and 21% more returns.
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