How to protect yourself from tax cheats and identity fraud?
Josmar Taveras, United States Today

If your tax refund doubles the amount you were expecting, you may want to wait before planning a shopping spree.

Nearly 66,000 Louisiana taxpayers who have recently received larger repayments are discovering that it was an accident and not a bargain.

According to WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge, Louisiana has accidentally paid double tax refunds totaling nearly $ 26 million.

The Administration Division spokesman, Jacques Berry, told the CBS affiliate that the state was currently trying to recover the money. Duplicate refunds were discovered Wednesday, said Berry.

Most of the repayments were sent by direct deposit and banks are contacted to remedy the surpluses. A small amount of the refunds has been placed on debit cards and these amounts are "canceled," Berry told WAFB.

Berry urged all those who received a larger refund than they are due not to spend that money, WAFB reported.

Debate on the refund of tax: Is it better for your wallet to get a tax refund or nothing at all?

The pending game: How long does it take to get my tax refund this year?


These are the major cities where taxpayers tend to get larger refunds. Sean Dowling of Buzz60 has more.

With respect to federal taxes, the average rebate for the 2019 tax issued in the first five weeks of the production period increased to $ 3,068, up 0.7% from the $ 3,036 recorded in the first quarter. same period of last year. The IRS has issued about 46.4 million total refunds. That's more than 2 million less, 4.2% less than last year.

The Internal Revenue Service began accepting returns on January 28. Most taxpayers have until April 15 to file their returns.

Although financial experts say it's smarter to receive larger paychecks during the year than a refund, most Americans do not. About seven out of ten people usually get a refund, which can help keep the practice financially deficient.

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