Arizona cites gains in blocking fraudulent refunds

Arizona tax agency cites gains in blocking payouts of fraudulent refunds

Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona's tax collection agency says it's getting solid results from efforts to stop fraudulent state income tax refunds from being paid out.

The Department of Revenue says it stopped more than $31.8 million in fraudulent refunds in the fiscal year that ended June 30. That's up from over $22 million in the previous fiscal year.

Assistant Director Anthony Forschino attributes the increase to enhancements to the department's computer programs and to the addition of auditors and investigations.

The department says the fraudulent refunds are sought when individuals use stolen or fictitious taxpayer information to file false income tax returns.

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