New state program stops $1M in tax fraud

619 returns identified as fraudulent

INDIANAPOLIS - Cheating will not pay for those trying to steal a Hoosier’s state tax refund.

The Call 6 Investigators have learned that new state software in its first month of use has confirmed 619 returns as attempted fraud, which represents $1.2 million.

That figure is the amount the state would have mailed out in refunds if it had not been intercepted by the LexisNexis program.

The Department of Revenue installed the software this year. It cross references every return that is electronically filed or mailed into the state.

The new security program also picks Hoosiers at random to verify their personal information before their return is processed. 

This year 28,800 people have been required to confirm their identity online.

Hoosiers who pass the quiz receive their refund within 14 days if electronically filed and within 12 weeks if filed by paper.

Call 6 Investigator Rafael Sanchez, who broke this story, is making calls to get more information on the 619 returns uncovered with false information and what will happen to those individuals.

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