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      SC DOR says new program will help secure tax returns

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) - The South Carolina Department of Revenue rolled out a security safeguard measure to help prevent fraud-related individual income tax filings.

      The measure is new for this year and is in response to a security breach that exposed millions of the state's taxpayers' personal information.

      Through the security program, income tax returns filed this year will be processed by means of a new security measure in order to insure no fraudulent activity.

      For tax returns that are questionable, the revenue department will mail the taxpayer a letter asking for additional information in order to complete the processing of the return. The letter will detail instructions for the taxpayer to either go online or to call the agency in order to answer questions specific to the individual.

      Once this process has been successfully completed, the tax refund will be issued to the filer.

      The agency said the goal of the security program is to protect taxpayers from fraud by individuals filing tax returns in a legitimate taxpayer's name.

      Additionally, the Department of Revenue has implemented the program in an effort to decrease the number of fraudulent tax returns and, subsequently, decrease the issuance of fraudulent tax refunds, it said.

      In keeping with filing dates of the Internal Revenue Service, the agency opened the 2013 electronic filing season for processing on Jan. 30.

      For information throughout tax filing season, visit www.sctax.org or call the S.C. Department of Revenue at (803) 898-5000.

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