Categories: Kahle News,News 31Jan Rep. Kahle details plan to fight tax-related identity theft, fraud State Rep. Bronna Kahle today testified on her legislation to fight tax-related fraud and identity theft by requiring employers to file their employees’ W2 forms with the state one month earlier than under current Michigan law.Kahle, of Adrian, said moving up the date to Jan. 31 will get important information to the state more quickly, helping investigators crack down on fraudulent returns filed by imposters seeking refunds under a real taxpayer’s name. It also will align Michigan’s due date with the federal government’s deadline for similar information.“This legislation creates another tool to fight fraud and help protect Michigan taxpayers,” Kahle said after testifying on her bill for the House Tax Policy Committee. “Tax-related identify theft is a growing problem. I am pleased to offer a plan that will help fight fraud, and also help ‘real’ taxpayers get their refunds in a timely fashion.”Michigan Treasury prevented more than $60 million in tax-related identify theft refunds for 2017. A Treasury official told the committee that Kahle’s legislation would assist efforts to fight fraud.Michigan law requires employers to send W2s to employees by Jan. 31. But employers aren’t required to send copies of those W2s to the state until Feb. 28. The delay gives criminals a head start in trying to file fraudulent returns seeking refunds.Kahle’s bill would require employers to send W2s to the state by Jan. 31 – the same deadline they have to send the forms to their workers and send information to the federal government. Some employers could be required to file information electronically.The state would be able to verify tax withholding amounts and other information more quickly, helping investigators better identify fraudulent refund requests.The majority of states already are moving their filing deadlines to align with the federal government’s Jan. 31 date.“This is a common-sense change to benefit Michigan taxpayers,” Kahle said.Kahle’s bill remains under consideration in the House Tax Policy Committee, of which she is a member.###Kahle’s legislation: House Bill 5091.