Treasury Department requesting quizzes to protect tax refunds

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- You might be getting a quiz in the mail instead of your tax refund from the state of Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Treasury is requesting the quizzes to help confirm taxpayers' identities. State officials say it's all being done to stop tax returns being filed on your behalf by someone that is not you.

The Treasury Department is mailing letters to some taxpayers requesting more information. That can come in the form of an online quiz or submitting additional paperwork to the state.

Taxpayers also can call a phone number included in the letters for anyone who doesn't feel comfortable taking an online quiz.

The Treasury Department says it deployed additional security measures with 4,500 tax returns since 2016, preventing scammers from obtaining $19 million worth of fraudulent tax returns.