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News 4 Investigates: IRS Commissioner responds to tax cheat complaints

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IRS Commissioner John Koskinen responded to tax cheat complaints from News 4 viewers. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen responded to tax cheat complaints from News 4 viewers.

(KMOV.com) - Imagine filing your taxes and waiting more than seven months for a refund. For taxpayers like Scott Minner this scenario became a reality.

Earlier this year, Minner discovered someone stole his identity, along with that of his wife. The couple said they are still waiting for their $1,600 refund check, with no definite answers about when their money will arrive.

News 4's Chris Nagus spoke with IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in Washington D.C., who said the government agency is working to help victims of tax fraud who have experienced lengthy refund delays.

Currently the IRS does not receive W2 information until March or later. Criminals often file bogus returns earlier, usually in January or February. This means refunds are paid out before the IRS can compare the return with the W2.

Some News 4 viewers suggested changing that process, and Koskinen said he is not opposed.

"We have asked Congress for that. We have gotten a lot of support on the hill, and we hope before this year is out they will give us the authority," said Koskinen.

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