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IRS Polices Identity Thieves Ripping Off Taxpayer Information

Taxpayer identity theft is growing even as the Internal Revenue Service has taken a series of steps to prevent it, according to a Government Accountability Office report.

The IRS identified 248,357 instances of such theft in 2010, compared with 169,087 in 2009 and 51,702 in 2008, according to the GAO.