State quiz used to deter income tax fraud leaves some Ohioans puzzled, fearing identity scam

Government And Institutions Associated Press

A new quiz by the state of Ohio to catch phony tax returns is puzzling some taxpayers.

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People who have filed their taxes are being asked all sorts of questions online and over the phone, such as: How old is your grandchild? What brand of car do you have? How long is your mortgage?

The four multiple-choice questions are part of an effort to ensure that a tax return submitted in someone's name is genuine and not an attempt by a scam artist to collect a refund check.

But some taxpayers are afraid the questions themselves are part of some kind of scam.

The state tax department got 40,000 calls about the quiz one recent morning, and some taxpayers have even alerted legislators and police.