This year the Ohio Department of Taxation is offering random taxpayers ID Quiz to verify their identity to receive tax refunds.

“The online quiz will give people five minutes to answer four questions that are designed so no one else would know the answer. You’ll need to get three right to get your refund. State tax officials say they have made accommodations for people who don’t have computers or internet access at home.”

Source Dayton Daily News – Want your state tax refund? You may have to quiz

If you receive a letter don’t panic.

Below is the link for frequently asked questions from the state’s website regarding the ID Quiz letter:

ID Quiz

Before you start the quiz locate all of the requested information before starting the ID Quiz.

Your income tax refund may be delayed as the state tries to combat fraudulent returns from being processed.

“With income tax fraud and identity theft on the rise, the Ohio Department of Taxation (ODT) is committed to safeguarding taxpayer dollars by increasing security measures. The identity confirmation quiz is just one of the tools ODT is using to prevent fraudsters from receiving a refund as a result of identity theft.” (Ohio Department of Taxation Website)

If you don’t receive an ID Quiz your refund will be processed without delay.

Exercise patience this years tax season.

Your Tax and Financial Coach,

Paulette Marshall