CHICAGO (CBS) — Due to a spike in fraudulent filings, Illinois has delayed processing state income tax returns.
State revenue departments across the U.S. have reported a rise in filings using stolen personal information.READ MORE: Investigators Raid Three Locations Of Parlor Pizza Restaurant
TurboTax has temporarily stopped processing state income tax returns for the same reason.
In response to the increase in fraud, the Illinois Department of Revenue has been installing safeguards to prevent identity theft when tax returns are filed.
“We continue to ask people just to be patient. We’re taking these extra measures to protect them, and to ensure that their tax return gets to them, and not to somebody else,” Illinois Department of Revenue spokesman Terry Horstman said.READ MORE: 'John Doe' Who Accused Former Blackhawks Video Coach Brad Aldrich Of Sexual Abuse Identifies Himself As Kyle Beach