FRAUD CONCERNS: State using new income tax refund verification steps
The state Department of Revenue Services (DRS) will contact some taxpayers this tax season to verify that refund requests were filed by those taxpayers.
“While we want to get refunds into the hands of taxpayers as quickly as we can, recent events require that we implement new measures to ensure that refunds are not being stolen,” said DRS Commissioner Kevin Sullivan.
“We have been able to narrow a specific pool or questionable refunds to less than 1% of all of those requested,” Sullivan said. “The final step is having taxpayers verify that they are the ones requesting the refund.”
When refund requests in question
Verification letters will be sent to the taxpayer address on file with the DRS and will instruct taxpayers to go to the official DRS website at ct.gov/DRS. Only taxpayers whose refund requests are in question will receive a letter.
“Earlier this month, DRS responded to some suspicious refund requests by circumventing direct deposit and sending checks to the taxpayer address we have on file,” Sullivan said.
“We have now received several calls and emails from individuals who said they did not file a 2014 Connecticut Income tax return, but got a check in the mail," he said.
If received unexpected check
Individuals who did not file a return but received a check are asked to write “Void” across the front of the check and mail it with a note of explanation to DRS at: Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, SIS Division, 25 Sigourney St., Ste. 2, Hartford CT 06106
Taxpayers who try to file their income tax return and receive notification that a return has already been filed should contact the DRS Fraud Unit at 877-842-1441. They should also contact the IRS, the Federal Trade Commission, and their local police department to report the fraud.
If taxpayers learn their information has been compromised but must still file a Connecticut income tax return, a paper return must be filed. Taxpayers may wish to include the federal Form 14039 Identity Theft Affidavit with their return.