State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced today that $16.4 million in questionable tax refund claims will be blocked.
According to DiNapoli's office, 23% of claims were linked to people filing false tax returns.
He says that most of these questionable claims come from taxpayers who claimed credits for ineligible child care, or credits only allowed for low-income households.
"While most taxpayers play by the rules, these unscrupulous filers claimed children they don't have, listed fictitious day care expenses or used other schemes to cheat their fellow New Yorkers," DiNapoli said. "Through my office's efforts, we will ensure that only legitimate refunds are paid."