HR & Legal Experts Say: Identity Theft Is a Growing Threat

Fact of the Week

​​Identity Theft​​ Is a Growing Threat

Feb. 26, 2014

“[I]n just the first six months of last year, 1.6 million taxpayers were affected by identity theft, compared with 271,000 for all of 2010.” A recent article​ in the Boston Globe highlights the prevalence and seriousness of taxpayer identity theft, noting that, “[i]f the problem is not stopped, the IRS could issue $21 billion in fraudulent refunds in the next five years.”

The problem of identity theft is not limited to tax fraud – workplace identity theft in verifying eligibility for employment is a big threat as well.

Employers have a solution: An identity authentication option to the E-Verify system, for example Knowledge-Based Authentication, would more accurately confirm that the person presenting employment documents is in fact the person who owns the identity. Learn more.
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CGI-SHRM-Hill Message IRS FINAL 2-26-14.pdf

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