WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Two West Lafayette residents are unable to file their taxes due to tax return fraud.
The latest victim filed a report with West Lafayette police last week. Police are working with the IRS to investigate both incidents.
Tax return fraud has become fairly common for police during tax season.
West Lafayette Police Lieutenant Troy Harris said thieves will attempt to file multiple fraudulent tax returns early into the tax season. Harris said it can be difficult catching them.
“The problem is a lot of times people will actually route money through fraudulant accounts that they’ve set up, and then it goes overseas. It’s difficult for us as a local police department to conduct an investigate that’s in another country.” said Harris.
If you are going to file your taxes on your own, Harris said to save it on a CD or flash drive rather than your computer.