Department of Revenue Commissioner Lynne Riley said Friday the department ended up blocking more than $70 million fraudulent returns in 2016, compared to $19 million in 2015.
That increase came as the department overhauled how it handles its filing process. The agency earlier this year implemented more sophisticated systems that automatically scan returns for potential fraud or missing information. But the system, which cost about $1.2 million, must be re-calibrated for each new threat.
“To combat tax fraud, taxing agencies are taking every action necessary to protect taxpayer dollars and confidential taxpayer information,” Riley said in a statement. “The department wishes to inform individuals on the upcoming procedural changes, so they may plan accordingly.”
The agency is encouraging taxpayers to register online with the department’s tax center website to monitor the status of their returns. Registered users can also get fraud alerts to notify them when a return has been filed with their Social Security number.
To sign up, go to gtc.dor.ga.gov.