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Arizona tax agency stops more fraudulent refunds

tax-taxes-620The Arizona Department of Revenue says it’s seeing and stopping more and more fraudulent income tax returns seeking refunds.

Assistant Director Anthony Forschino  says the department stopped over $74 million in fraudulent refunds from being sent out in the last fiscal year.

According to Forschino, that’s up from $32 million in the preceding fiscal year and up from less than $2 million just five years ago.

He says the fraud artists use stolen or fictitious taxpayer information when they file false returns.

Forschino attributes the increased success in stopping fraudulent returns to efforts by highly trained auditors and investigators and to enhancements to the department’s computer programs.

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