From the Archives: Taxpayer Identity Theft — Part 18

It’s a holiday week, so I’m re-posting popular blog posts from the past.

This post never gets old, because it’s a story that needs told to as many people as possible — the saga of Wendy Boka and her identity theft nightmare with the IRS.

Below is Part 18 of the series. It’s the most-popular entry in the series, and also the happiest because it tells about finally getting the case resolved.

Remember, you can find all parts of Wendy’s saga in one convenient location on this website.


Originally published August 2, 2013

It’s over! It’s finally over!

On Thursday, August 1, Wendy received a check in the mail from the IRS for her 2010 income tax refund. We didn’t start celebrating until after she took the check to the bank on Friday and it got deposited with no problems.

The bank did accept the check and we can now call this unfortunate case “closed.”

850 days.

Two years, 3 months, 28 days.

That’s how long it took the IRS to process Brian and Wendy’s 2010 tax return.

I tried submitting the e-file on April 11, 2011. It rejected because someone had already filed a return using Brian’s Social Security Number. This set off a series of ridiculous misadventures with the IRS that has finally ended now. I won’t itemize all of the extreme IRS incompetence in this blog post, because  the sordid details can be found in the other 17 parts of this series.

I celebrated with a measure of some fine Templeton Rye.

At least it’s over.

I’ll probably do a few more wrap-up blog posts on this topic. And Wendy and I will both be sending letters to our Congressmen.

In the meantime, it’s time to celebrate!