Thursday, April 9, 2015

Channel 12 looks at tax refund fraud

Rhode Island Tax Administrator David M. Sullivan was interviewed by Channel 12 for a segment about efforts by the Internal Revenue Service and the states to combat tax refund fraud.

The interview, with Susan Hogan, Channel 12's consumer reporter, appeared on the Wednesday evening news and is also available on the Channel 12 website.

Sullivan talked about steps that the agency is taking to screen returns for potential fraud. He said that the agency currently has about 16,000 returns under review for potential fraud, of which about half may turn out to contain fraudulent claims for refunds. (The Division of Taxation processes more than 600,000 returns each year.) He also discussed what steps taxpayers can take if they suspect they have been victimized by tax refund fraud.