Foil Tax ID Theft

File early to ensure that your refund comes to you.

Alan Hoffman spent 49 years in NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he helped test and design the Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars in August. He's a rocket scientist, but he was unprepared for the challenge of recovering a stolen tax refund.

Hoffman and his wife, Susan, were victims of refund-related identity theft, a fast-growing crime that costs taxpayers billions of dollars a year. In July, the Treasury Department's inspector general projected that thieves could pocket up to $21 billion in stolen refunds over the next five years.

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