TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — New Jersey taxpayers could see a “slight delay” in getting back their state tax refunds this year.

The state’s Division of Taxation said on its website that taxpayers could see a “slight delay in receiving their refunds” due to enhanced efforts to protect taxpayers from refund fraud and identity theft.

“Processing returns and distributing refunds safely and efficiently is a key goal for the Division. We appreciate your patience,” the Division of Taxation said in a statement.

The Division of Taxation states that returns filed electronically could take a minimum of four weeks to validate and process, while paper returns may take a minimum of 12 weeks.

The 2016 refunds will be issued beginning March 1.

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