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NY tax department saved New Yorkers $400 million

Staff writer |
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance stopped more than 239,000 suspicious refund claims during the income tax season.

As a result, the Department saved taxpayers $400 million—an increase of 18 percent over the same time period last year.

Since its inception in 2003, the business analytics program has saved New York State taxpayers nearly $4 billion.

The system uses predictive analysis and rules to determine when to process a refund request and when to set it aside for further review.

By analyzing the data that arrives continuously, the Tax Department constantly strives to stay ahead of emerging fraud schemes and refund scams.

Staff adjusts the analytics tool, used to sift billions of data points, as schemes evolve or when suspicious patterns are identified.

When analysts suspect criminal activity, the Tax Department investigates the case and, if appropriate, refers it to criminal prosecutors.

“We have zero tolerance for those who seek to cheat the system at the expense of hard-working New Yorkers,” Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said.

“By using first-rate technology, this administration is cracking down on would-be scammers and stopping this fraud right in its tracks.”

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