Ohio Department of Taxation Identity Theft Safeguards May Delay 2014 Refunds

Sue Schloemer

Feb 26, 2015

With income tax fraud and identity theft on the rise, the Ohio Department of Taxation (ODT) is committed to safeguarding taxpayer dollars by increasing security measures.

To help protect Ohio taxpayers from identity theft, the Ohio Department of Taxation (ODT) is implementing additional safeguards that will cause some 2014 tax refunds to be delayed. The new safeguards include an additional up-front filter that will be applied to all returns requesting a refund. The filter will analyze the demographic information reported on tax returns. The analysis will assign a “probability of fraud” factor to your return. The factor your return receives will determine the next step; either pulled for review or processed.

If your return is pulled for review, ODT’s additional security measures will require you to successfully complete an Identification Confirmation Quiz before the return will continue to be processed. If your return is selected for identity confirmation a letter will arrive from ODT containing instructions to confirm your identity.

The additional screening and security measures will slow the processing of electronic and paper returns, and the issuance of refunds. Electronic returns requesting a refund may take up to 15 days to be direct deposited this year, and paper returns could take up to 30 days for a physical check to be mailed out.

If you received a letter from ODT, you’ll need to complete a simple quiz to confirm your identity. If you did not receive a letter, the quiz is not available to you. The quiz should take just a few minutes of your time. Once you have successfully completed the quiz ODT will continue processing your return.

For more details regarding the quiz, click here to view the video directly on YouTube. If you have any questions regarding your Ohio Tax Return, please contact us at 513-858-6040.

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