What is tax refund fraud?
Tax refund fraud happens when someone files a fake tax return using your personal information (like your Social Security number) to get a tax refund from the IRS or a state tax department. Tax identity theft is the most common form of identity theft reported to the Federal Trade Commission.
A Three-Pronged Approach to Fighting Tax Refund Fraud
Tax refund fraud has reached pandemic levels across the nation. For many years, the SCDOR fraud detection unit has consisted of a dedicated team focused on identifying fraud, as well as technology and systems to identify inconsistencies and potential fraud. As fraudsters continue to change and evolve, we need to do the same to keep up. Our approach to fighting fraud includes:
Enhanced use of
Technology: The SCDOR is utilizing predictive analytics to detect fraud.
Partnerships: Our partners in the fight against fraud include payroll industry leaders, the IRS, tax preparer industry leaders, and other states.
Public Information: Key stakeholders in this effort are South Carolina taxpayers. Taxpayers can help fight tax fraud by becoming more vigilant in protecting their own private and personal information- making it harder for the fraudsters to steal. Check out these
FAQs for more information.
New in 2017
- While our anti-fraud measures remain aggressive, we do not anticipate delaying South Carolina Individual Income Tax refunds this year. After you file, processing time is generally 2-4 weeks. You can
check the status of your refund here.
- Employer W2s are now due to the SCDOR on January 31.
South Carolina taxpayers may be eligible for free, state-provided, comprehensive credit and non-credit identity protection from industry leader, CSID. You have until October 1, 2017 to enroll with CSID.
Learn more about credit protection from CSID.
Join the National Fight Against Fraud: Tips for Protecting Your Information
The SCDOR has teamed with the IRS, tax preparers and software developers, and tax agencies from other states to help you protect your private information. "Taxes. Security. Together." is a national effort to inform taxpayers on the fight against fraud.
Videos from the 2016 Filing Season
In 2016, the SCDOR launched an aggressive anti-fraud campaign. We are continuing those efforts moving forward. Check out these videos for more background information.