DRS: DRS Continues to Fight Tax Fraud in 2016

DRS Continues to Fight Tax Fraud in 2016

 
For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
 
 

State Tax Department Strengthens Tax Fraud Prevention

 

Hartford – Commissioner of Revenue Services Kevin Sullivan today announced that the Department of Revenue Services (DRS) is further strengthening anti-fraud protection for the 2015 income tax filing season. DRS began processing income tax returns on Tuesday, January 19.

 

Said Commissioner Sullivan, “Last year, we stopped over $38 million in state tax fraud but we know the thieves just keep getting smarter.  Connecticut has joined other states, the Internal Revenue Services, tax processors and tax preparers in a nationwide summit to fight tax fraud and refund theft. As part of this initiative, DRS has further beefed up refund screening and is providing greater taxpayer assistance. In some cases, that means refunds will take longer, but it’s far more important that we protect our taxpayers and make sure the refunds we send get where they are supposed to go.”

 

Commissioner Sullivan added, “While electronic filing and direct deposit remain secure, first time filers will almost always receive refunds by paper check and suspicious filers will usually have refunds be converted to paper checks, delayed for added screening, or even may be contacted by DRS for additional information.”

 

DRS offers some common sense tips to protect taxpayer identity and avoid fraud:

  • Never trust or act on a phone call or email, however threatening, from an unconfirmed federal or state tax agency source.
  • Continuously update computer firewall, anti-virus software and other on-line security.
  • Always verify email sources by checking on the URL address to confirm a legitimate site before going to a site.
  • Protect passwords and avoid disclosing social security numbers or other personal identity information.
  • If needed, find free or low cost taxpayer assistance by contacting Info line 211.
  • Use a legitimate, qualified and well-known in person or on-line preparer.
  • Never sign a blank tax return or other tax form.
  • Avoid tax preparers that have refunds sent anywhere other than directly to taxpayers, offer commercial tie-ins such as refund deposits to debit cards or offer high interest rate refund anticipation loans.
  • When in doubt, contact DRS at 800-382-9463 (Connecticut callers outside the Greater Hartford calling area only); or 860-297-5962 (from anywhere) or the IRS Tax Fraud Hotline at 1-800-829-0433.

Report suspected fraud to the police and to the DRS Fraud hotline at 855-842-1441.

 

More fraud prevention assistance is available at www.ct.gov/DRS and Taxes. Security Together.

 

Taxpayers can file their income tax returns securely through the Connecticut’s free Taxpayer Service Center at www.ct.gov/TSC.

 

For more information about Connecticut tax issues, please visit the DRS web site at www.ct.gov/DRS or call 1-800-382-9463 in state, or (860) 297-5962 from anywhere.



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