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Fraudulent Filing Activity Delays Georgia Income Tax Return Processing

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The Georgia Department of Revenue recently announced that 2015 Georgia income tax returns may take longer to process as a result of increased fraudulent activity during filing season.

According to Georgia Department of Revenue Commissioner, Lynne Riley, the processing period has been complicated by a multitude of factors including spoofing and phishing scams as well as numerous data breaches that were reported in the last year. Given the level of sophistication of the scams, the Department of Revenue must continually update its fraud defense strategies to protect tax payers, and in 2016 has already been able to successfully block $17 million in fraudulently filed tax returns.

To better monitor the status of refunds, the Georgia Department of Revenue encourages Georgia tax payers to register with the agency’s Georgia Tax Center at https://gtc.dor.ga.gov/_/ .

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