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N.C. behind on issuing tax refunds

Posted May 20, 2010

— A state Department of Revenue spokesman said Thursday that North Carolinians are waiting longer for their tax refunds than last year, but the department plans to catch up by the end of the month.

The DOR missed a May 15 goal to process all refunds but is confident that it will be able to issue all checks by May 31, department spokesman Thomas Bearn said. He could not say how many people are waiting on their refunds.

State law stipulates that refunds issued after May 31 are considered late, and taxpayers start accruing interest on the tardy payments.

So far, the state has issued 2.4 million refunds, totaling $1.7 billion.

At this point in 2009, the state had issued 2.2 million refunds, totaling $1.9 billion. All the refunds were issued by May 13.


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  • wildcat May 21, 2010

    This tells us right now what kind of governor we all have. She has never pardon Mr. Taylor. There is a lot that the Gov. Purdue has not done.

  • jstmypinion May 21, 2010

    well Buddy1, I am one of several who e-filed in Jan and has not received my refund yet. I, like you thought maybe I did something wrong so I called to verify that everything was correct. I was told that all was fine and that they were still processing my return. So I specifically asked her what that meant exactly only to be met with silence on the other end. So I asked another way, does that mean that you just haven't paid me yet and the woman on the phone said in an apologetic tone, "yes, that is exactly what that means".

  • Buddy1 May 21, 2010

    All of you people who filed in Jan and Feb and still haven't received your refunds obviously did something wrong. I filed April 13 and had my refund on May 5. Don't blame the State of NC if you screwed something up.

  • Mugu May 21, 2010

    DOR needs to start paying interest, I am glad I don't file.

  • research9 May 21, 2010

    I filed in mid-March and haven't seen mine yet. Kind of peeved that people that filed at the last second got theirs first. I e-filed AND asked for direct deposit, both of which should be cheaper.

  • employeenc May 21, 2010

    That's because they were still paying top execs (you know, Lebron James) commuting miles even after the executive order Bev issued restricted travel. GO figure!

  • mm4218 May 21, 2010

    I can't leave the People's Republic of North Carolina quick enough.

  • lkanzig May 20, 2010

    gee like we all didnt see this comming!

  • jasonconaway6969 May 20, 2010

    i filed in early january and didnt receive my refund until this past week, but you know what really ticks me off? i had to do an amended return on account of forgetting to add a w2, and they CHARGE INTEREST if you owe them money... what in the world? i dont recall getting interest on the refund that i received late as all get out. they expect you to be patient with them, but darned if they cant be the same with you. my husband told me i should send them the owed money in pennies... but unfortunately they dont accept cash.

  • pbjbeach May 20, 2010

    In my own personal estimation it is the republican party that is an has been for the last past 15-20 pushing everything to the far nazi right they are the brown shirts an the one with the ss insignias on their collars not the democrats although the blue dogs have been enablers to them them in the nc house an the senate particual in the senate leadership. obama an the democrats inhertered this shi-y economy from the bush adminstration afetr they had run it in to the ground an give away the entire federal treasury to the coporate instrest an their lobbyist in this country this is the communism that you are speaking about the thir reich zeig heil an all that stuff the hob nail boots an the strom troper that are fihgt every day right now to supress your indivsual freedoms an your constitutional rights to be crushed under the regime an that is what it is now a days not real freedoms but a regime of the powerful supressing the un powerful thank you