Georgia, IRS to begin taking tax returns today

From Staff Reports
news@newnan.com
Tax filing season officially starts today, when the IRS first begins accepting tax returns.
It is also the first day that the Georgia Department of Revenue will begin processing more than four million individual returns.
Like last year, the Georgia Department will be putting an emphasis on catching perpetrators of fraud and keeping fraudulent tax dollars from leaving the Treasury, officials said.
Last year, the Georgia Department of Revenue put new security measures in place and stopped just over $98 million in fraudulent refunds. This year, the department will again be fighting to protect Georgia taxpayers against fraud, officials said.
Like 2012, Georgia will process each return comparing it to information in a database to ensure that the information provided on the return is accurate. If a tax return is flagged by our process because of potential inconsistencies, the taxpayer will be asked to provide the Revenue Department with some additional information in order to process the return.
“Our Office of Special Investigations has done a great job fighting fraud and protecting taxpayer money over the last several years,” said Department of Revenue Commissioner Doug MacGinnitie. “Stopping fraud continues to be a Department priority.”
With millions of returns to process, Georgia officials anticipate that filing electronically will be the fastest way for taxpayers to get their refund. Taxpayers who correctly file their returns electronically and have their refunds deposited directly into their bank accounts will receive their refund within an average of seven to 10 business days. Refunds for taxpayers who correctly file paper returns will take around three weeks.

More Local

School board to appoint new member by August

The Coweta County Board of Education anticipates appointing a new board member to fill its current vacancy at its regular meeting in August. ... Read More


Airport taxiway project to begin next month

Work on the Newnan-Coweta County Airport’s long-awaited new taxiway may begin as early as mid-June. The new taxiway, which will serve ... Read More


NCCA approves $4,000 for landscaping

The Newnan Convention Center Authority (NCCA) marked the two-year anniversary of The Newnan Centre’s opening at its quarterly meeting ... Read More


Newnan council to vote on paving contract

Newnan City Council will be voting on a contract to repair a portion of LaGrange Street at its meeting on Tuesday. The proposed contract is ... Read More


County’s largest graduating class to march at ECHS

Graduation has already been held at two Coweta County high schools, but the largest number of seniors in the class of 2015 will march today ... Read More

Two arrested for suspected marijuana distribution

A man and woman suspected of dealing marijuana in a Sharpsburg neighborhood were arrested Thursday after authorities with both the Coweta Co ... Read More