COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - For some taxpayers, even if they requested their South Carolina tax refund be direct deposited into your bank account, the check is in the mail.
“Criminals attempting to steal taxpayer refunds is a growing, national problem, and one we are committed to fighting," SCDOR Director Rick Reames said.
Reames said the agency's systems have not been compromised.
The South Carolina Department of Revenue says it has started sending paper checks for some refunds, and some of the people who will receive them may have requested direct deposit.The change started last week, the agency said, and some of those checks could be showing up as early as Tuesday, Reames said. The checks will be accompanied by a letter of explanation from the SCDOR.
If someone does receive a paper check instead of a direct deposit, it does not mean his or her identity has been stolen or compromised, the agency said in a statement. But it could mean that person's refund was the result of "detected potential fraud" and an effort to prevent fraud.
A South Carolina taxpayer who expects a refund can check the status of that refund at the Department of Revenue's website here: