State begins processing tax returns; refunds coming
BATON ROUGE - The state has started issuing state tax refunds, it announced Monday.
Refunds were withheld for about two weeks so the state could more thoroughly screen tax returns in light of fraudulent returns being filed across the country
The Department of Revenue originally said it would not process returns, thus holding up refunds, until March 2nd. But, said, it started three days earlier, on Friday.
"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 in a news release earlier about the situation.
By Monday, 763,000 returns had been filed and 244,000 were expected to be processed by the end of the day Monday. Friday, 103,000 were processed; 66,000 were processed overnight Sunday and an additional 75,000 were going Monday. Some people may have already received a refund.
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