- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio tax officials say they’ve intercepted a record $180 million in fraudulent state income tax filings this year.

That’s 18 times more than the average $10 million in fraudulent refunds discovered in other years.

Ohio Department of Taxation spokesman Gary Gudmundson tells The Columbus Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1qs3LJi ) that the huge increase in fraud is not unique to Ohio and can be blamed on an increase in identity theft.

Gudmundon says he thinks the state is now finding the “vast majority” of fraudulent returns.

The most common fraud detected is when a taxpayer submits a return for a refund and is notified that a return has already been filed under that tax-identification number.

The deadline for filing is April 15, but Wednesday is the deadline for filers who got a six-month extension.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, https://www.dispatch.com


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