Ohio taxpayers could see later refunds because of security

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohioans could get their state income-tax refunds later this year because of new security measures aimed at preventing fraud.

The Ohio Department of Taxation says additional safeguards could delay refunds up to 15 or 30 days, and some taxpayers might have to take a quiz for their return to be processed.

Tax Commissioner Joe Testa says the new procedures follow an increase in tax fraud attempts.

The department says it intercepted fraudulent tax returns seeking to steal refunds of more than $250 million last year. That’s a spike over the average of $10 million in previous years.

Screening measures include a new filter that will be applied to refund requests to analyze demographic information on returns.

The agency says the new safeguards will inevitably cause some refunds to be delayed.

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