An Internal Revenue Service (IRS) investigation is a daunting experience and it can be maddening when identity theft is at the core of the problem.. Identity theft is usually accomplished by someone assuming the identity of another for the purpose of obtaining credit or some other financial benefit. But what happens when, rather than applying for a credit card, the thief uses the identifying information to get a job? When income taxes are not paid on the amount earned, the victim can expect a visit from the IRS.
Grey’s Anatomy star Sandra Oh filed a complaint with the Los Angeles Police Department on September 2, stating she was victimized by identity theft. The complaint was made after Yang was contacted by the IRS about unpaid taxes on earnings from a hotel job in 2009. The actress was apparently unaware of the identity theft before she was contacted by the IRS. Since she has been a television star since the inception of Grey’s Anatomy in 2005, it strains credulity that she would also have been working in what appears to have been a low-paying job in the hospitality business in 2009.
In Oh’s case, her notoriety will most likely put a quick end to any IRS investigation focused on her. Others are not so lucky and could be quickly victimized further by bank account levies, wage garnishment or other collection actions. These potential actions could also have a negative effect of one’s credit rating. Any IRS investigation mandates a detailed and prompt response. In Massachusetts, a person under an IRS investigation would benefit from consulting an attorney devoted to helping people solve tax issues and assisting in reaching a successful conclusion.
Source: Gather, “Actress Sandra Oh Victim of Identity Theft,” Katie Sharp-Dierks, Sep. 4, 2011