Georgia seeing uptick in tax fraud, getting better fighting it

11:31 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 AJC Homepage
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Officials in Georgia’s tax-collecting agency will be taking an extra cautious approach to income tax returns next year after the massive data breach at Equifax.

Josh Waites, the director of the Department of Revenue’s Office of Special Investigations, said tax-return fraud has become a big business and data breaches in recent years have only made the situation worse.

“We’re fearful with something like Equifax because they are getting a lot of information,” he said. “The more information that is out there makes it easier to file fraudulent tax returns.”

But the state Department of Revenue, and the IRS in D.C., are also seeing success in stopping the crime. Keep reading on to see how the state has been doing in the war on tax fraud. 

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