ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Think your New York State tax refund is in the mail? Think again.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says his office has already stopped more than $24 million in questionable or fraudulent personal income tax refunds.READ MORE: New York Weather: 7/28 Wednesday Morning CBS2 Weather Headlines
Many taxpayers claimed refundable credits based on incorrect information like an inflated number of dependents or understated income, he said.
“Tax cheats are continuously looking for new ways to beat the system, but my auditors are staying one step ahead of them,” DiNapoli said.
Auditors this year stopped $3.3 million worth of refunds that were linked to tax preparers filing false returns.MORE NEWS: CDC Reverses Course, Recommends People Wear Masks Indoors Where COVID Rates Are High
The tax deadline this year is Tuesday, April 17.