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Delay of State Tax Refunds

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PURPOSE OF BULLETIN

To inform staff on how to address questions about the delay of state tax refunds.

BACKGROUND

Due to the state's persistent cash and budget problems, the State Controller announced that he will have to delay refunds for 30 days starting February 1, 2009, for Personal Income Tax and Business Entity taxpayers.

TAXPAYER INQUIRIES

Advise taxpayers that we are still processing returns as normal. However, it is likely this delay will affect state refunds for most early filers. Returns that have not completed processing before February 1, 2009 will have their refunds held for 30 days.

This applies to all refund types. Delayed Direct Deposit Refunds (DDR) will be electronically transmitted when funds are available.

Additionally, refunds will continue to be offset to prior year liabilities. External offsets will be delayed until funds are available.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Updated information on delayed refunds will be available on this website, and on our automated phone line at 800.338.0505.

MEDIA QUESTIONS/COMMENTS

Contact Public Affairs at 916.845.4800.

 

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