16-Year-Old Columbus Girl Becomes Latest Tax I.D. Fraud Victim - NBC4: Columbus, Ohio News, Weather, and Sports (WCMH-TV)

16-Year-Old Columbus Girl Becomes Latest Tax I.D. Fraud Victim

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Virginia Walls says it was supposed to be a right of passage into adulthood, "It was a training, you know I was actually taking her with me she went with me to the accountant and I did my taxes and she sat down to do hers and I'm explaining this is your W2, this is the process."

Her teenage daughter had her first taste of adulthood working at The Ohio State University and filing taxes was her next lesson in responsibility.

"My daughter she had her first summer job last summer and she did have a small return coming back," said Walls. Two days later when Walls tried to file their taxes, she found that her daughter's identity had been stolen.

"Since she's 16 a lot of people thought she might have been claimed as a dependent on someone's taxes but it wasn't. She was actually the head of the household claiming dependents herself," said Walls.

Someone had used her 16-year-olds Social Security number to file their taxes and claim dependents. "I didn't know where the breach was and I still don't know where the breach is," Walls said.

She has contacted the Federal Trade Commission and Social Security Administration providing copies of her daughters Social Security cards birth certificates and I.D.'s to prove that she is who she is but Walls says she still has a long wait before she and her daughter can cash their refund checks.

"It'll be income tax time next year almost close to before there's some resolve to my situation."

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