Tax fraud from identify theft decreasing in Idaho

Idaho officials say tax fraud from identity theft is decreasing in the state.

  

The Idaho State Tax Commission in a news release Thursday says it stopped more than $129,000 fraudulent income tax refund requests so far this year.

  

The agency says that's a 74 percent decrease from the same period last year.

  

Tax fraud from identity theft is when someone uses another person's information to file an income tax return, typically requesting a refund.

  

The state agency says it stopped about $1.7 million in fraudulent refund requests in 2015, and about $523,000 in 2017.

  

Tax Commission Chairman Ken Roberts says the agency continues to adapt to the latest fraud schemes to identify tax fraud and identity theft.

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