Department of Revenue fighting I.D. thieves - - Jackson, MS

Department of Revenue fighting I.D. thieves

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CLINTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The state of Mississippi has sent out $272,383,088 in total tax refunds so far this year. They've also saved millions, keeping your tax dollars out of the hands of criminals.

"They'll have repeat social security numbers," said Associate Commissioner Kathy Waterbury. "Things like that our system is designed and programmed to stop those returns."

Waterbury says there's a growing number of attempts by thieves to steal state tax refunds. The office has sent out almost 70,000 letters this year, notifying taxpayers their returns were flagged, but it could have been someone illegally using their social security number.

"Some of the criminals are not even in the US. They could be outside the US, filing online using your information to try to get a return in your name," added Waterbury.

The Department of Revenue is having to audit each suspicious return, which could mean a refund delay for an honest, working Mississippian.

"If we're sending criminals money out of the state treasury, that means a taxpayer in our state we would have to refund them, so that's lost money," explained Waterbury.

If you received a letter from the Department of Revenue, that may mean someone tried to steal your identity.

If you have questions about the status of your refund, you can call the department of revenue refund line at 601-923-7801. You will need your social security number to get information about your refund.

If you just need general information, you can call 601-923-7700.

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