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State asks 20,000 taxpayers to take “identity quiz” to prevent tax fraud

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(WHNT) - With tax fraud on the rise, the state department of revenue is hoping an "identity quiz" will help them sort out the last of this year's delayed tax returns.

Since mid-summer WHNT News 19 has received calls from people frustrated that their tax refund still hadn't arrived. The delays were caused by the state's implementation of new tools and increased manual reviews to detect possible tax fraud.

But if you still haven't received your refund, you could be getting a letter in the mail asking you to take a short quiz to verify your identity.

It may seem like a scam, but it's not. The letter asks you to call the Alabama Department of Revenue or go online to take the short questionnaire.

The questions should be easy for taxpayers to answer if you are who you say you are.

The department of revenue expects to send out as many as 20,000 letters. If you receive a letter and don't take the quiz, you will not receive your refund.

State officials have said they hope to streamline the process next year, but count this years' delays worthwhile to catch identity thieves. Last year the state  prevented 19,000 false returns worth $17 million.