IRS ID Theft Protection

FILE - In this April 13, 2014 file photo, the Internal Revenue Service Headquarters (IRS) building is seen in Washington. The IRS says thieves used an agency website to steal tax information from as many as 220,000 additional taxpayers. The agency first disclosed the breach in May. Monday’s revelation more than doubles the total number of potential victims, to 334,000. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

(NBC) The IRS and tax industry leaders have tested more than 20 new safeguards to prevent fraudulent refunds beginning in 20-16.

The new measures mark the latest effort to halt a years-long surge in tax refund fraud.

The IRS, state tax authorities and tax preparation companies will begin sharing details about suspicious tax returns as they are filed, in order to catch suspicious returns more quickly and tax preparers agree to roll out stricter login requirements to better protect taxpayer data.

So far, 34 states and 20 tax preparation companies have signed on with more expected to sign on later.

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