As Ohioans rush to file their income tax returns, the state’s top “tax man” is issuing a warning: Don’t try to file a fraudulent form so you can get a refund you don’t deserve. Tax Commissioner Joe Testa says his agency has computer programs that throw up red flags when people file suspicious returns, pretending to be somebody they’re not. Here’s Testa being interviewed by Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen.
Testa says last year, his agency caught about $12.5 million dollars in fraudulent tax refunds before they were sent out. This year, he figures the total will be more like $15 million. Still, Testa says most of Ohio’s 5.5 million taxpayers are honest. Only about 30,000 returns are suspicious.