Before the N.C. Department of Revenue will issue some refund checks, they’re asking for proof in cases where tax payers claim several dependents.
One Charlotte area mother of nine told The Charlotte Observer that state wants to review the children’s birth certificates, social security cards, the family’s tax return and the parent’s wedding certificate.
Another mother, from Raleigh, says the state has never asked for this type of information in the past.
“I felt like I was being targeted,” Eugene Allison, a Charlotte lawyer and father of seven, told The Observer.
The state says nothing is new, though, besides the timing saying they used to investigate after refunds were mailed — even though they are admittedly investigating three times as many tax filers as usual. They also claim they’ve stopped $2.6 million in refunds before they made it to the hands of those falsely claiming exemptions.