Wisconsin Officials Warn Of Identity Theft In Tax Filings

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

It’s early in the tax season, but state officials say complaints about fraudulent filings in Wisconsin are up this year.

The Associated Press reports that the State Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection are getting complaints from citizens who say that when they go to file a return, someone has already filed in their name. It’s an attempt to steal someone else’s refund.

Officials didn’t provide numbers on complaints. But they said they’ve already led to one state lawsuit against a tax service owner who violated state consumer protection laws.

Citizens should report any evidence of fraudulent filing immediately.

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