HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - People filing taxes this year will see a slight change in the process.
The delay is due to the PATH act. The act requires the IRS to "hold refunds for returns claiming the earned income tax credit (EITC) and additional child tax credit (ACTC)."
"Approximately 30 million taxpayers claim the EITC or ACTC, with half filing early," according to H&R Block.
The IRS is also hoping to stop tax identity fraud with this new act.
According to the IRS, tax fraud is unfortunately "a relatively easy crime to commit."
Some tips to avoid being a victim include not giving away your social security number. Don't carry your social security card with you, and don't send a social security number or date of birth in a text message.