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Reps. Joe Garcia and Trey Radel to Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Combat Tax ID Theft

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC

With Florida leading the nation in tax ID fraud, freshmen Congressmen Joe Garcia (D, FL-26) and Trey Radel (R, FL-19) have teamed up to combat identity theft and tax fraud and protect families. TODAY, the two Florida lawmakers will introduce the bipartisan SAFE ID Act, which would amend the Internal Revenue Code to allow for any taxpayer identification number (TIN), including a truncated social security number, to be used on a taxpayer's W-2 form, rather than the presently required social security number. In addition, Congressman Garcia will be joined by a South Florida family who has been victim to tax identification fraud. Under present law, employers must include an employee's complete social security number on mailed W-2 forms.

"Having met with victims of tax fraud, I know the burden and the suffering it causes them and their families," said Rep. Garcia. "The SAFE ID Act is a bipartisan, common-sense bill that protects families by making it harder for identity thieves to commit tax ID fraud. With Florida leading the nation in tax identity fraud, I am proud to be working with my colleague, Rep. Trey Radel, to address this serious issue."

Why this is Important to Florida

-Nine of the ten top cities for tax-ID fraud are in Florida. Protecting a taxpayer's identity is critical to ensure that they get their tax refunds and that their credit is protected.

-Miami has 46 times the per-capita rate of false tax refund claims than the rest of the country, and 70 times the national average in dollar terms.

-There were 35,914 identity theft complaints from South Floridians in 2012.

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