Minnesota now accepting TurboTax returns

On Saturday, Feb. 7 at 3 p.m. Minnesota tax officials will lift their freeze on accepting TurboTax returns, The Minnesota Department of Revenue said.

The company behind TurboTax, Intuit, added new anti-fraud measures Friday after Minnesota and other states reported a rise in fraudulent filings.

"We took this step after Intuit implemented new 'targeted security measures,'" the department said. "We will continue reviewing returns and will remain in contact with the company."

Taxpayers who have already filed their returns using TurboTax don't need to do anything – the department will contact them if it finds issues.

Intuit said its systems were not breached, and it believes the personal data was stolen elsewhere.

Electronic filing is still the best way to file your taxes, the department said. You can find a list of approved tax software companies on their website HERE.

TurboTax help line

TurboTax has set up a dedicated phone number for impacted taxpayers. Beginning Friday, February 6, at 8 a.m. CT, affected taxpayers can call 1-800-944-8596 to get personal assistance.

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