State struggles to process tax returns with cuts

Thursday, June 18, 2009 8:19 AM
Last updated 5:29 PM
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ATLANTA - Nearly half a million Georgians are still waiting on their income tax refunds from the state as the agency tries to process filings with a much smaller staff.

Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham says the department has cut 155 workers in the processing division as part of a plan to make up $12 million in budget cuts. The department has lost 280 employees total to the cuts.

Returns received by mail in early April are taking up to 14 weeks to process. Those received later could take up to 20 weeks.

Electronic filings are taking a week to 10 days to process.

He says the agency has processed 2.6 million refunds so far this year.

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jcsorobert 06/18/09 - 02:16 pm
What if I wait 20 weeks to

What if I wait 20 weeks to send in my withholdings??? Can I blame it on being short-handed because of budget cuts??? Is the State going to pay me interest on my money that they are holding???

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