MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU) today announced it is working with state
agencies to address growing concerns over state tax fraud. During this
tax season, Intuit and some states have seen an increase in suspicious
filings and attempts by criminals to use stolen identity information to
file fraudulent state tax returns and claim tax refunds.
After working with third-party security expert Palantir on a preliminary
examination of recent fraud activities, Intuit believes that these
instances of fraud did not result from a security breach of its systems
and that the information used to file fraudulent returns was obtained
from other sources outside the tax preparation process. The examination
“We understand the role we play in this important industry issue and
continuously monitor our systems in search of suspicious activity,” said
Brad Smith, Intuit president and chief executive officer. “We’ve
identified specific patterns of behavior where fraud is more likely to
occur. We’re working with the states to share that information and
remedy the situation quickly. We will continue to engage them on an
ongoing basis in an effort to stop fraud before it gets started.”
As it worked with state governments to assess and resolve the recent
issues, Intuit took the precautionary step Thursday, Feb. 5, of
temporarily pausing its transmission of state e-filing tax returns.
Intuit will be working with the states today to begin turning
transmissions back on. Customers who have already filed their state tax
returns using Intuit software during this temporary pause will have
their returns transmitted as soon as possible. They do not need to take
further action at this time. This action does not affect the filing of
federal income tax returns, and is limited to those states that require
residents to file returns.
To assist any customers who believe they are victims of tax fraud,
Intuit has implemented a plan that includes a dedicated toll-free
number, 800-944-8596, with direct access to specially trained identity
protection agents who will provide comprehensive support and filing
assistance. In addition, Intuit will provide identity protection
services and free credit monitoring, as well as provide access to all
versions of its software or to the assistance of one of Intuit’s
credentialed tax experts who will prepare taxes for affected customers
at no expense.
“We understand the pain and frustration identity thieves cause
taxpayers,” Smith said. “We know how important tax time is and our
number-one priority is making sure peoples’ returns are filed timely,
accurately, and safely.”
In addition, Intuit will continue to apply the most advanced
technologies and techniques on an ongoing basis to prevent and detect
any suspicious tax filing activity.
About Intuit Inc.
Intuit Inc. creates business and
financial management solutions that simplify the business of life for
small businesses, consumers and accounting professionals.
Its flagship products and services include QuickBooks®,
Quicken® and TurboTax®,
which make it easier to manage small
businesses and payroll
processing, personal finance,
and tax preparation and filing.
Mint.com provides a fresh, easy and
intelligent way for people to manage their money, while Demandforce®
offers marketing and communication tools for small businesses. ProSeries®
and Lacerte® are Intuit’s
leading tax preparation offerings for professional accountants.
Founded in 1983, Intuit had revenue of .5 billion in its fiscal year
2014. The company has approximately 8,000 employees with major offices
in the United States, Canada,
the United Kingdom, India
and other locations. More information can be found at www.intuit.com.
Cautions About Forward-looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including
statements regarding the expected results of our efforts to address the
reported fraudulent activities and prevent fraud in the future. We
cannot be certain that we will be able to do so quickly or completely.
Detecting and eliminating fraudulent activity is inherently difficult,
and those who perpetrate these fraudulent activities are continuously
changing their methods to avoid detection. Accordingly, our efforts may
not be successful and actual results may differ materially from our
goals and expectations. We do not undertake any duty to update any
forward-looking statement or other information in this press release.
Source: Intuit Inc.