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What you need to know before filing your 2015 taxes

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

As you wait for your W-2s to file tax returns, you may want to be aware of some of the changes made in 2016 to put an end to tax fraud.

"There's actually been over three million tax identity thefts since 2010 and it's increasing every year," tax preparer Theresa Robinson said.

For that reason Robinson said get ready for more requirements, starting with more identification.

"It hasn't been required," she said. "We do like to check their IDs and this year, we will be input ID information to prove that the person in front of us is the taxes we are doing."

Another upcoming change is security codes.

It's a way for the IRS to confirm you are filing the correct tax return and it's not been tampered with.

If you live in Missouri, more identification is one of your biggest changes.

Cape Girardeau resident Dianne Allen said if bringing more documentation is going to protect her from being a victim of fraud, she's all for it.

"Whatever I need to do, I'll do it," Allen said. "To make sure they know it's me and not somebody else pretending to be me, so I think it's fantastic."

If you live in Illinois, that budget mess in Springfield could cause you delays.

"Illinois, in order to help with tax identity theft as well, has decided to delay tax returns for the state until March 1st this year," Robinson said.

So even though residents will be able to file, they won't see any state returns until two weeks after the beginning of March.

Though it may take longer, Robinson advised residents to still file their taxes as soon as possible.

"I recommend filing it as soon as the Illinois Department of Revenue goes online," she said. "They will have the returns they will start processing them, they just won't be releasing a refund until after March 1."

For those who choose to use online software like Turbo Tax, expect more questions to confirm your identity while you're filing.

The tax filing deadline was moved to April 18, 2016.

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