Tax season means open season for scammers

BISMARCK, N.D. - It’s the most taxing time of the year and North Dakota is busy sniffing out scammers.

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“In the last few years, we’ve stopped over 1,400 cases of fraud, we’ve stopped $2 million from going out the door in fraudulent claims," says Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger.

He says as the state’s technology evolves to protect tax payers, and flag suspicious activity, fraudsters are trying to stay one step ahead.

“People have stolen identities, tried to file, and tried to get someone else’s refund,” said Rauschenberger.

He says the best way to protect yourself from getting W-2-timed, is to file early, and pay attention to detail.

“If you wait til the very last minute, there's a possibility somebody else might have stolen your I.D. and used it to get a refund and then we may think you yourself are the fraudster when you try and file,” said Rauschenberger.

The office also says be smart.

This year a new scam is going around where people are getting fake checks from the tax office.

Rauchenberger says if something seems too good to be true, chances are, it is.

If you have any questions about this year’s tax filings, or when to expect your return, visit https://www.nd.gov/tax/