Intuit Halts All State e-filings On Fraud Concerns

By on February 6, 2015

After noticing a trend of increasing “suspicious filings” for 2014 state tax returns, Intuit decided to stop e-filing of all state tax returns.

Fraudster attempted to wrongfully claim tax refunds of individuals who information they had stolen to file bogus state tax returns.

“We understand the role we play in this important industry issue and continuously monitor our systems in search of suspicious activity,” Brad Smith, Intuit president and chief executive, said in the release.

“We’ve identified specific patterns of behavior where fraud is more likely to occur. We’re working with the states to share that information and remedy the situation quickly.  We will continue to engage them on an ongoing basis in an effort to stop fraud before it gets started,” he added.

Certain states, including Minnesota, announced that they would no longer accept tax returns submitted through Intuit’s TurboTax program after noticing potential fraud.  Specifically, taxpayers reported that the state’s platform informed them that they had already submitted tax returns, even though they had not yet filed.

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