Virginians May Be Waiting Longer For Tax Refunds Due To Fraud

Taxpayers here in Virginia may have to wait a little longer for the tax refunds they expect to get, while state officials work to combat tax refund fraud related to identity theft. Virginia officials have so far, mailed about 104,000 letters to taxpayers this year asking for additional information to verify their identities, to help ensure refunds go to the right people. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the state sent 140,000 letters during last year’s filing season, denying or reducing refunds on about 35,000 of 4.2 million returns filed with the state. More than $60 million in fraudulent and erroneous refunds were stopped from being issued in 2015 and 2016. In 2013 and 2014, more than $40 million in fraudulent and erroneous refunds were prevented from being issued.