NEW YORK — TurboTax has resumed e-filings of state tax returns after finding a spike in suspicious filings.
The "do-it-yourself" tax-preparation software company, Intuit, turned off the e-filing feature of state returns on Thursday to prevent any possible fraud.
A company spokesperson says an internal investigation done by the company found that the breaches were not due to a problem with its own systems, but criminals digging up personal information from other sources and then filing fake returns.
Intuit resumed e-filings of state tax returns by 5 p.m. Friday. They say if you filed your return during the shutdown, you do not need to do anything else. The return will be processed.
One victim in Chicago says she went to file her return two weeks ago and discovered someone had already filed a return using her personal information. She says she got a message that a return for more than $9,000 was on it's way.
Tax expert Tony Nazarowski says he was waiting for something like this to happen. He believes the fraudulent filings are linked to last year's data breaches at big retailers, like Target and Home Depot. Nazarowski says the thieves accessed very personal, important information that could be used to file tax returns.