This March 22, 2013 file photo shows the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington. An Internet connection, a tax return form and a stolen identity are enough to fuel a multi-billion-dollar criminal enterprise that has proven too pervasive to stop. Thanks in part to technological simplicity and controls that struggle to keep pace with the crime, thieves are pocketing billions of dollars in stolen federal tax refunds. Over the last year, the IRS paid out $4 billion in bogus tax refunds to fraudsters using someone else’s personal information.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Internet connection and a bunch of stolen identities are all it takes for crooks to collect billions of dollars in bogus federal tax refunds. And the scam is proving too pervasive to stop.

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