Here's why your La. tax refund will be late
BATON ROUGE - The state has delayed issuing tax refunds by a week in light of fraudulent tax returns being filed across the country.
The Louisiana Department of Revenue said Wednesday, it will begin issuing refunds on March 2. The state began accepting tax returns on January 20 and was going to issue refunds on February 24.
"Given the increase in the filing of fraudulent tax returns around the country, where criminals are stealing identities and claiming refunds in others' names, we decided to implement additional security measures this year to ensure we detect any suspicious activity, and to protect the identities of our taxpayers," Secretary of Revenue Tim Barfield said.
The department is taking extra precautions and the extended time gives workers more chances to review returns and check for authenticity and catch any possible fraud.
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