Longer wait for state tax refunds predicted, Kentucky Department of Revenue says

The Kentucky Department of Revenue says it estimates refunds may take longer to process this year because of enhanced security features and fraud analysis tools. The DOR says it may take up to 21 days for electronic filers if their return is error free.

The DOR started accepting electronically filed tax returns late last month, and it says filing electronically is still safe and the quickest way for taxpayers to get their refund. The DOR notes that electronic filing is the only way to have your refund direct deposited.

The DOR says refund requests from taxpayers who file paper forms could take six to eight weeks.

The department also included the following information on tax-related identity theft:

Protect Yourself from Tax-Related Identity Theft

The department reminds taxpayers to protect their personal information and actively monitor their credit reports, charge cards and bank accounts for any suspicious activity.

Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses another person’s stolen Social Security number (SSN) to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. Taxpayers may be unaware that this has happened until they file their return and discover that a return already has been filed using their SSN. Or the taxpayer may receive a letter from DOR or the IRS saying a suspicious return has been filed using their SSN.

Know the warning signs

Be alert to possible tax-related identity theft if you are contacted by DOR or the IRS about:

  • More than one tax return that was filed for you,
  • You owe additional tax, have a refund offset or have had collection actions taken against you for a year you did not file a tax return, or
  • IRS or DOR records indicate you received wages or other income from an employer for whom you did not work.               

For more information and resources related to identity theft, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s IdentityTheft.gov website. 

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