Tax Commission News Release
Some taxpayers must provide more info to get their refunds
BOISE, IDAHO — March 28, 2017 — After you’ve filed your state income tax return, you may receive a letter from the Idaho State Tax Commission asking for more information. If you receive a letter, please respond quickly so the Tax Commission can review your information and get your refund to you as soon as possible.
All tax returns go through identity theft fraud detection and accuracy checks. The Tax Commission may send you letters asking you to validate your identity and that you filed a tax return or to clarify data on your return. The types of letters include:
- An identity verification letter that asks you to:
- Take a short online quiz or provide copies of documents to verify your identity, or
- Indicate that you didn’t file the return.
- A PIN letter that asks you to verify online whether you or someone you authorized filed the tax return we received.
- A letter that asks you to provide missing or extra information to support data reported on your tax return. Some common requests include providing a copy of your W-2 or federal return or confirming your Social Security numbers.
“These letters help us make sure that your refund doesn’t go to someone pretending to be you or that your tax return correctly reflects your information and intent,” said Renee Eymann, public information officer with the Tax Commission. “Once you provide the information we need, we can continue to process your refund.”
Last year the Tax Commission sent more than 50,000 requests to taxpayers asking for extra information about their income tax returns.
For more information, visit the “Identity Verification Info” page at tax.idaho.gov/idverify or visit the “Refund Info” page at tax.idaho.gov/refundinfo. For help with other tax-related questions, call the Tax Commission at (208) 334-7660 in the Boise area or toll-free at (800) 972-7660.
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