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Millions in dubious refunds stoped

By Lombardo David
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's office has halted more than $20 million in state refunds that stemmed from questionable filings.

“My office is ensuring that only legitimate refunds are paid and we are blocking those who try to cheat the system with inflated expenses or hidden income,” DiNapoli said in a statement. “Unfortunately, there are some tax preparers who don’t play by the rules and create inflated refunds, sometimes without the filer’s knowledge.”

In total, the state halted $21.2 million in questionable personal income tax refunds, which stemmed from 6,353 improper filings. This year the state has approved $3.9 million in refund requests and expects to pay more than $300 million.

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