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Some Virginians May Have to Wait a Little Longer for Tax Refunds

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    Some Virginians May Have to Wait a Little Longer for Tax Refunds
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    A 1040 tax form appears on display, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in New York. The IRS is delaying tax refunds for millions of low-income families as the agency steps up efforts to combat identity theft and fraud. Starting in 2017, a federal law requires the tax agency to delay refunds until Feb. 15 for people who claim the earned income tax credit and the additional child tax credit. The IRS says processing times will delay most of the refunds until the end of February.

    Virginia taxpayers may have to wait a little longer for expected tax refunds as state officials work to combat tax refund fraud related to identity theft. 

    State officials have mailed about 104,000 letters to taxpayers this year asking for additional information to verify their identities. 

    Officials say the extra paperwork helps ensure refunds go to the right people. 

    Officials sent 140,000 letters during last year's filing season, denying or reducing refunds on about 35,000 of 4.2 million returns filed with the state, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

    Taxation Department spokeswoman Paige Tucker says more than $60 million in fraudulent and erroneous refunds were stopped from being issued in 2015 and 2016. In 2013 and 2014, more than $40 million in fraudulent and erroneous refunds were prevented from being issued.