Wis. tax fraud complaints on the rise

CREATED Feb. 26, 2013 - UPDATED: Feb. 26, 2013

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MADISON - It's early in the tax season, but state officials say complaints about fraudulent filings are running high.

The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says more people are complaining that when they go to file a return, someone has already filed in their name.

It's an attempt to steal someone else's refund.

Authorities tell Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jodi Becker that about 20 complaints have come in during the last several days, and they are centered in Milwaukee, Madison and Racine.

Officials said they've already led to one state lawsuit against a Milwaukee tax service owner who violated state consumer protection laws.

Officials say citizens should report any evidence of fraudulent filing immediately.

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Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection tips on preventing tax filing fraud: http://1.usa.gov/YTMk64