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Ohio's tax department is catching phony tax returns
Tax Commissioner Joe Testa predicts the state will catch $15 million worth of fraudulent tax refunds this year

Bill Cohen
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As Ohioans rush to file their income tax returns, the state’s top tax man is issuing a warning: Don’t try to file a fraudulent form so you can get a refund you don’t deserve.
Tax Commissioner Joe Testa says his agency has special computer programs that throw up red flags when people file suspicious returns by pretending to be somebody they’re not. Here’s Testa being interview by statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen.

Ohio's tax department is catching fraudulent tax returns

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Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa says last year, his agency caught about $12.5 million in fraudulent tax refunds before they were sent out. This year, he figures the total will be more like $15 million. Still, Testa says most of Ohio’s 5.5 million taxpayers are honest. Only about 30,000 returns are suspicious.

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