This morning U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced he is co-sponsoring the Identity Theft and Tax Fraud Prevention Act, legislation which would help crack down on fraudulently filed tax returns and speed the return of long-awaited tax returns to Ohioans whose identities have been compromised.

Brown was joined by Thomas McIntosh, a Cleveland area resident, who told his story of having his identity stolen, but through the help of Brown’s office, was able to get his money—and identity—back.

The Identity Theft and Tax Fraud Prevention Act would also require the IRS, Bureau of Prisons, and the Treasury Department to step up identity theft tax fraud prevention programs. Based on numbers provided by the IRS, it is estimated that approximately 67,000 Ohioans are affected by cases of tax fraud.

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