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State, federal tax refunds may be delayed for some

Federal PATH Act takes effect

State, federal tax refunds may be...

MADISON, Wis. - If you're planning on filing your taxes early this year, you may also need to wait to get a refund.

The federal "Protect Americans from Tax Hikes" or PATH Act says that filers who claim the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child tax credit will have their refunds held until Feb. 15.

Those EITC filers may also see a delay on the state level because of increased scrutiny on returns for identity theft and fraud.

"We've told people that there may be some additional delays compared to the past just because we're seeing so many more fraud attempts and we've ramped up our review of all returns," said Department of Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler.  "We've told people things may take a little longer and most taxpayers are very understanding about that."

The state isn't providing a timeline for getting your state refund.

The IRS says people who claim the credits may not get direct deposits until Feb. 27.


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