Department of Revenue implements measures to increase protection of taxpayer information and refunds
The Colorado Department of Revenue (CDOR), in conjunction with other states, has identified an increase in potentially fraudulent activity on individual income tax returns. CDOR is closely monitoring income tax filings and diligently working with other states and industry members to ensure the protection and security of all taxpayer data and to ensure taxpayers receive the tax refund to which they are entitled.
In light of an emerging increase in suspicious filings, CDOR is taking the following action. For some tax returns that requested a refund be directly deposited into a bank account or onto a prepaid debit card, the Department will convert these tax refunds to paper checks to be mailed to the taxpayer. Sending a paper check to the taxpayer’s mailing address is intended to prevent criminals from easily diverting fraudulent refunds to their own prepaid, reloadable cards or debit cards.
The Department of Revenue’s online e-file tax service (Revenue Online) and tax accounting systems have not been compromised. Taxpayers are encouraged to verify the current status of their state income tax return and refund by going to www.colorado.gov/revenueonline and clicking on “Where’s My Refund?”
Taxpayers concerned about the security of any personal information provided to a tax preparation software service should contact the software vendor they use to electronically file their state income tax return.