MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – The 2022 personal tax filing season kicked off Jan. 24, and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue is offering additional identity protection to taxpayers.
The DOR’s new Wisconsin Identity Protection PIN program is the newest way to secure personal taxpayer information.
Once a taxpayer requests and receives their Wisconsin Identity Protection PIN, they can use it to securely file their Wisconsin personal income tax return and homestead credit applications.
“The objective of the PIN program is to keep refunds in safe hands and out of the pockets of fraudsters,” said Department of Revenue Secretary Peter Barca. “Another important thing to keep in mind about fraud is that unless you have contacted us first, we never call people without sending a letter first. So , if you get a call or text from us, but haven’t received a letter from us, that’s a red flag for fraud.We always send letters first.
The DOR also gives taxpayers the following reminders:
- Taxpayers must have all of their W-2 forms before filing their tax return. If you haven’t received your W-2s, contact your employer. The DOR can help locate W-2s after March 1.
- File electronically to save time and money and to increase accuracy and security.
- The DOR Call Center is extending its hours of operation until 5:45 p.m. on April 5, 7, 12 and 14 to assist you during this busy time.
- The deadline for filing the personal income tax return is April 18, 2022.
- Support services and income tax forms can be found on the DOR website.
- Find information about e-filing or other tax preparation needs on the DOR website or call (608) 266-2772.
“We are here to help Wisconsinites file their returns on time and receive their refunds as our state continues to recover from the pandemic, and most refunds will be higher this year due to tax cuts enacted by Governor Evers last July,” Barca mentioned.
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