Comptroller reports high levels of fraud during tax season

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The deadline to file your taxes on time is midnight on Monday, and the New York State Comptroller’s Office says there are twice as many fraudulent filings as this time last year.

“We’ve identified about $44 million in questionable refunds to date,” said executive deputy comptroller John Traylor.

The number is expected to increase after Monday’s deadline.

Tax experts like Benjamin Carz, who owns and is a franchisee of Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, say those high levels of fraud could be due to online self-filing systems.

“The questions may be a little confusing for them and they may disqualify themselves for credits or they may actually give them credits that they’re not entitled to,” said Carz.

Traylor says auditors are working hard to weed out the fraudulent claims and get people their returns in a timely fashion.

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