With tax season comes attempted fraud, as crooks use false identities to try to trick all levels of government into sending them refund checks. There are ways to fight back, though, and Indiana is one of the states showing how analytics and other tools can make a big difference.
Adam Krupp, commissioner for the the state’s Department of Revenue (DOR), told StateScoop that since Indiana heightened its vigilance in 2014, criminals have gotten the message. The state began using fraud monitoring software that year, catching $88 million in bogus refunds. This year so far, it has caught $1 million worth, as attempts have dwindled. The state reports a 97 percent reduction overall in tax fraud.