WI Dept. of Revenue to require identity verification during tax season

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- When Wisconsinites taxes are processed this season, they might have to go through an extra security measure.

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue said some tax return filers will have to take an identity verification quiz.

If you’re chosen to take a quiz, you’ll get a letter saying you have 20 days to complete it.

The quiz can be done online or over the phone and consists of four multiple choice questions.

Taxpayers will have two chances to pass the quiz.

If you fail the quiz both times, you’ll have to send information to the Department of Revenue to prove your identity.

The department said this is being done to help protect against fraud, but one attorney we talked with said she has mixed emotions.

“It makes sense that the state is doing something to solve it. My concern with it, the reason why I have mixed feelings is because I’m concerned people will actually use this news to do more fishing and more fraud,” said Sarah Fortune, Hale, Skemp, Hanson, Skemp & Sleik.

Tax processing starts on Monday in Wisconsin.

The IRS will start its filing season on January 31.

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