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Revenue Department Warns of Fraudulent Returns

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The state Revenue Department is thoroughly reviewing all Montana income tax returns due to an increase in the filing of fraudulent returns seeking refunds.

Director Mike Kadas says since the tax filing season started on Jan. 20, the department has caught efforts to collect $26,000 in fraudulent refunds. The department stopped about $1.5 million in fraudulent refunds last year.

Kadas says the extra diligence has added to the time it takes to process returns, so it may take longer to receive refunds.

The department is contacting taxpayers who have been victims of a fraudulent filing. Officials say if you log onto your tax software and it says you've already filed a return for 2014, your identity may have been stolen.

Revenue officials suggest changing usernames and passwords on tax software and not using the same login information on other accounts.

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