Commissioner says Anthem customers should file taxes ASAP

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s tax commissioner is urging taxpayers expecting federal or state income tax refunds who may be affected by the Anthem data breach to file their taxes quickly.

Kevin Sullivan, head of the Department of Revenue Services, said the personally identifiable information apparently hacked at the Anthem health insurance company “is exactly what tax fraud thieves use to make false refund claims that appear to be legitimate.”

Connecticut officials said about 1.14 million people in the state, including more than 180,000 state employees and retirees, are covered by Anthem and may have been affected by the data breach. Anthem is the largest insurer in the state.

Sullivan also warned taxpayers using Turbo Tax to be aware of fake emails seeking personal information to ultimately steal tax refunds.

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