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Georgia tax return season has begun

And so it begins. Tax season that is. January 30 marked the date that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) began accepting income tax returns. While April 15 is the deadline for most individual tax returns, if you expect to receive a tax refund, the sooner you file your return, the sooner you can expect the refund. The Georgia Department of Revenue has noted that using an electronic filing will result in a quicker refund.

For those who owe a tax payment to either the IRS or the Georgia Department of Revenue, you may want to hold your payment until the deadline in April, but that does not mean you cannot have your tax return fully prepared and ready to pay long before that. It makes sense to complete the return and all necessary schedules and supporting document well in advance.

Should you determine there is a problem or other difficulty, you would have time to examine the situation, obtain thoughtful legal counsel and work with the IRS or the Department of Revenue to rectify the matter.

The Georgia Department of Revenue has created additional new security measures to prevent fraudulent returns. Last year they reported stopping $98 million in fraud. And they plan to be aggressive on 2013, and stopping fraud is a "department priority."

Department of Revenue Commissioner Doug MacGinnitie has said, "Our Office of Special Investigations has done a great job fighting fraud and protecting taxpayer money over the last several years."

If you believe you have been a victim of return fraud, or need to defend allegations of being involved with a fraudulent return, contact an experienced tax attorney to represent your interests.

Source: Times-Herald, "Georgia, IRS to begin taking tax returns today," January 30, 2013

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