Efile rejected but accepted with 2011 fraudulent return info


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Mike20878

I had ID theft in 2011 where someone filed a fraudulent return using my TIN. It was finally resolved around March of this year and I received my refund.

So I tried to efile my 2012 return Tues night and it rejected almost immediately. The error said that my and my wife's AGI didn't match the IRS database. I was unable to obtain a PIN with their online system either.

I was finally able to get an agent on the phone yesterday (I welcomed them back to work, btw :) ) and the second agent I spoke to gave me a different AGI number to input for both me and my wife. As I suspected, it was the AGI from the fraudulent 2011 return. I should have thought of that in the first place. I have a transcript of my account from 2011 from last year. Then it rejected again, this time just for my wife's AGI. And then I realized the fraudulent return was a single return. Inputting zero for her worked and my return was accepted.

My question is, if my return was finally processesd why doesn't the IRS database reflect the correct information from my 2011 return?
 
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Bob Sandler

I had ID theft in 2011 where someone filed a fraudulent
return using my TIN. It was finally resolved around
March of this year and I received my refund.

So I tried to efile my 2012 return Tues night and it
rejected almost immediately. The error said that my and
my wife's AGI didn't match the IRS database. I was
unable to obtain a PIN with their online system either.

I was finally able to get an agent on the phone yesterday
(I welcomed them back to work, btw :) ) and the second
agent I spoke to gave me a different AGI number to input
for both me and my wife. As I suspected, it was the AGI
from the fraudulent 2011 return. I should have thought of
that in the first place. I have a transcript of my account
from 2011 from last year. Then it rejected again, this time
just for my wife's AGI. And then I realized the fraudulent
return was a single return. Inputting zero for her worked
and my return was accepted.

My question is, if my return was finally processesd why
doesn't the IRS database reflect the correct information
from my 2011 return?
I don't know the inner workings of the IRS e-file system,
but the prior-year AGI that you have to use for e-filing is
the AGI that was on the originally filed return,
disregarding any subsequent changes made by an amended
return or IRS adjustments. Apparently, based on your
experience, that rule applies even if the original return
was fraudulent.

Bob Sandler
 

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