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Has someone stolen your tax refund?

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MURFREESBRORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  If you’ve procrastinated and are just getting your taxes mailed on this last day of the filing season, you could be in for a rude shock.

In the past month, two Murfreesboro residents have reported to police that they filed a tax return, only to be told by the IRS that someone had already been sent a return using their names.

The IRS says defeating the tax scam is a top priority and the agency reminds tax payers to protect their identity by being careful about sharing personal information.

Mike Dobzinksi with the IRS says if your refund is stolen you'll eventually get it back, but it’s going to take a while.

“Eventually the persons are made whole and they do get the refunds. General time frame now: We’re trying to shoot for 120 days, which I’m sure is not satisfactory to taxpayers but that’s what we’re able to do with the resources we have at this point in time.”

If you do discover that someone has stolen your identity report the incident to your local police and contact the IRS. You’ll have to fill out an affidavit and you’ll also have to submit a paper, mail-in tax form.