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MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin revenue officials say if you are one of the taxpayers whose state return is targeted for possible identity theft, it could take up to 12 weeks if you’re getting a refund.

The taxpayers whose returns are analyzed and then flagged for possible identify fraud are notified by mail and directed to an online quiz. The Department of Revenue website and its phone inquiry line say it could be 8 to 12 weeks to issue refunds to those taking the quiz.

Revenue administrators said recently the department was expanding its fraud detection efforts.

About a third of Wisconsin’s 3 million income tax returns have been processed so far.

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