Georgia residents who filed their state income tax returns in mid-April may not get refunds until December.
Budget cuts have slowed down processing times, and it may take nearly five months for all taxpayers to receive refunds, the state Department of Revenue announced.
The Revenue Department laid off 280 workers to meet a 10 percent budget cut. It has hired 30 temporary workers and plans to hire another 70 this week, mostly experienced former full-time employees, department spokesman Reginald Lansberry said.
The department is now processing paper returns received between March 11 and 30, and refunds for those taxpayers will be mailed this week.
Taxpayers who filed paper returns before April 10 will receive refunds within 10 to 14 weeks, the department said. Taxpayers who filed after April 10 will receive refunds in 14 to 20 weeks.
Taxpayers who file returns electronically receive refunds within six days of filing.
Filers who sent in their returns before March 11 but have not received a refund can call (404) 417-4460 for direct deposit or (404) 417-4480 for checks, or e-mail email@example.com.