Each year, a growing number of American taxpayers report that returns have been fraudulently filed in their names. These scams, which defraud the IRS and prevent legitimate tax returns from being processed, are commonplace and affect thousands of people around the country.

University of Delaware employees and students are not the only targets of this method of defrauding the IRS. No one set of taxpayers seems singled out — fraud reports have come from employees of other universities, medical centers, large private businesses and small businesses.

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