Fear of tax fraud prompts 10x as many id verification letters in Pa.

Written by Ben Allen and Radio Pennsylvania | Mar 23, 2015 1:49 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The FBI has been investigating fraudulent tax returns filed using the Turbotax web service, but leaders in Pennsylvania say the state is prepared.

Acting Secretary of Revenue Eileen McNulty says the commonwealth has sent out 10 times as many identification verification letters as last year.

"We take more time to look at our refunds than maybe some other states do. Some other states are more focused on getting those refunds out immediately," she says.

McNulty says Pennsylvania halted refunds once the fraud became known, and built new protections into its program.

"It takes us anywhere from a month to six weeks to review refund requests, partly because we have these suspension criteria to allow us to make sure that we've got the right person," she says.

McNulty adds that those who use internet-based filing programs, instead of those installed on your personal computer, are most at-risk for fraud.

She says, to her knowledge, no Pennsylvania refunds have gone to someone committing fraud.

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