The Virginia Department of Taxation is sending “Review of Tax Return” letters (AUIN073A RAP Additional Review) to some taxpayers to verify withholding information. Because of the increase in identity theft and refund fraud, we’re taking extra precautions this year to validate the refund returns we process.
Processing of tax returns could take longer as we work to protect taxpayer information and ensure that taxpayers receive the state income tax refunds to which they are entitled.
We understand that taxpayers may be concerned if they receive a Review of Tax Return letter. Receiving the letter does not mean they are victims of identity theft or that their returns contain errors or missing data. It just means that their returns were stopped for review.
If your clients receive this letter, they should read it carefully to determine what action they might need to take.
Please let your clients know the following:
- If they did not submit an individual income tax return, they should check where indicated in the first paragraph of the letter and return it using the fax number or address provided.
- If they did file a return, they should follow the instructions in the letter and submit all requested documents as soon as possible by fax or mail. We will continue processing returns once we receive all requested documents and confirm that their returns are correct. Please allow 7 business days for us to receive the documents.
- If they filed a return and already received their refunds, or receive one before sending us the requested information, we were able to verify their returns through other means. We no longer need documentation from them, and they may disregard the letter.
We’re asking taxpayers for their patience during the filing season. We take identity theft and tax refund security seriously and must take the time necessary to verify that the refunds we're processing are correct. It could take 8-10 weeks after submitting all requested documents for taxpayers to receive their refund. If it’s been longer than this, please have them contact us.We encourage you and your clients to visit Understanding your Review of Tax Return Letter (AUIN073A RAP Additional Review) on our website to learn more about this letter and the review process.