INDIANAPOLIS — Identify theft prevention and refund fraud detection programs at the Indiana Department of Revenue helped halt more than $9.7 million in improper payments during the 2018 budget year, according to the state revenue commissioner.
Since 2014, Indiana has required selected taxpayers claiming they are entitled to income tax refunds to complete a four-question online identity confirmation quiz as part of the process of submitting their income tax returns.
The state revenue agency also has been closely monitoring filings that include excess withholding to identify individuals who may have incorrectly reported their pre-paid income taxes, either in error or to obtain a larger tax refund.
Revenue Commissioner Adam Krupp said that by combining innovative technology with dedicated fraud monitoring specialists in partnership with other tax agencies, the Indiana Department of Revenue has become a national leader in tax-fraud prevention.
"DOR's role of protecting Hoosier identities and stopping refund fraud is integral to a successful tax program, and this role is taken seriously," Krupp said.
"Continuous improvement is fundamental to the growth of this program and in 2019 DOR will continue to exhibit new program enhancements while continuing to be a leader in stopping refund fraud throughout the nation."
According to DOR, its various fraud prevention programs over the past five years have denied payment on more than $119 million in false or illegal refund claims.
The agency's annual report shows DOR processed a total of $19.9 billion in state and local revenue from 65 different tax types during the 2018 budget year that ran from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.