Physicians Again Targeted by Income Tax Fraud

form-1040For the second year in a row, physicians are reporting that they may have been victimized by an income tax scam. In some cases, fraudulent tax returns have been filed by stealing a physician’s personal information, such as his or her name, address and Social Security number. Often, it’s not discovered until the taxpayer tries to electronically file a return, and is told it was already filed.

If you believe you’ve been the victim of a fraudulent tax filing, visit the IRS’ Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft. It provides an overview of warning signs, along with steps to take if you believe you’re a victim.

We also urge physicians to contact the MMS, so we can monitor the problem and convey the scope to the proper authorities. Contact Charles T. Alagero, MMS General Counsel, at


One of the most common methods that hackers have used to steal Social Security information is to send emails posing as the Social Security Administration, asking you to verify your personal information.

The IRS states, “The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels.”