MASON CITY, Iowa - It can be easy to get carried away buying gifts in places like your local downtown, especially if you are counting on using your tax refund to pay off your holiday debt.
You might want to think twice before spending too much this winter.
The Iowa Department of Revenue is already predicting tax income refunds will be delayed. Those with the department say that's because they've strengthened their detection tools to prevent tax refund fraud. They're hoping to keep your tax money out of the wrong hands.
One local woman says she doesn't mind the delay as long as she gets her return.
“As someone who is paying off their student loans it’s kind of a great bonus, so at the time of year probably,” Abby Callison said.
The Iowa Department of Revenue recommends that if you plan on filing your taxes online, you use security software and strong passwords.
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