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Delayed Tax Refunds

Date: May 7, 2009
By: Elizabeth Billingsley
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: The state says you'll get your income tax refund, but it won't say when. Elizabeth Billingsley has more. RunTime:1:31
OutCue: SOC

Patience.  That's what Missourians expecting a tax refund need.

State budget director Linda Luebbering says a state revenue shortfall is causing delays in processing tax returns and refunds this year.

Actuality:  LINDA2.WAV
Run Time: 00:17
Description: "We know that there's a slight delay from past years.  Part of that is just the processing time because we have fewer temps on staff, it's just taking a little longer. And then also, just making sure we have enough cash in the bank to make those payments." 


Luebbering says the state hopes to get caught up in May and June.

From the state Capitol, I'm Elizabeth Billingsley.


Intro: No promises for when Missourians should expect to receive a tax refund from the state.

RunTime:
OutCue: SOC

If the state owes you a tax refund, the Missouri Department of Revenue won't say when you'll get it. Spokesman Ted Farnen says paper filers shouldn't expect it for weeks, but electronic filers could see their refundsmore quickly. But again, no promises.  

Revenue shortfalls forced the state to cut staff who process tax returns this year.

State budget director Linda Luebbering says a decrease in tax collections in April didn't help either.

Actuality:  LINDA.WAV
Run Time: 00:10
Description: "We're moving them as quickly as we can. We do anticipate that we will get caught up in May and June, so hopefully that will all work out."

There is no deadline for the state to issue tax refund checks, but interest begins to accrue if the state takes longer than four months to pay the refunds.
From the state Capitol, I'm Elizabeth Billingsley.


Intro: The state says you'll get your income tax refund, but it won't say when. Elizabeth Billingsley has more. RunTime:0:36
OutCue: SOC

Patience.  That's what Missourians expecting a tax refund need.

State budget director Linda Luebbering says a state revenue shortfall is causing delays in processing tax returns and refunds this year.

Actuality:  LINDA2.WAV
Run Time: 00:17
Description: "We know that there's a slight delay from past years.  Part of that is just the processing time because we have fewer temps on staff, it's just taking a little longer. And then also, just making sure we have enough cash in the bank to make those payments." 


Luebbering says the state hopes to get caught up in May and June.

From the state Capitol, I'm Elizabeth Billingsley.