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Tax filing changes could help fight refund fraud: IRS

Changes to the tax filing process may be needed to fight tax-refund fraud, the top tax collector told a congressional panel on Tuesday, a day after the federal tax filing deadline.

In steps that could lead to slower processing of tax refunds, Internal Revenue Service Acting Commissioner Steven Miller said a delay in the start of the tax filing season could help fight refund fraud.

So might getting taxpayer information more rapidly from employers, he told the tax-law writing Senate Finance Committee.

Refund fraud, which has exploded in recent years, typically involves using stolen names and Social Security numbers to file phony electronic tax forms and refund claims.

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