Data privacy is a critical concern in the online. Breaches of personal information can lead to identity theft, fraud and other serious problems for those who information is compromised.
Whenever financial information is sent over the Internet, you can rely on hackers and identity thieves to try to take advantage of the situation. And, as we've discussed before on this blog, that means both federal and state tax returns have been tempting targets for fraud and identity theft.
You may never have heard of a questionable refund, much less a program about them, but it's real. The IRS's Questionable Refund Program was created in 1977 to help identify tax returns containing red flags for potential criminal activity so that fraudulent returns won't be paid. When a questionable refund detection team finds a suspicious return, they refer it to the IRS's Criminal Investigation division.