Many Alabama residents still await state tax refund

(WHNT) – It has been two months since filing day, and many Alabama residents have yet to receive their state income tax refund.

This is despite the fact the state department of revenue website says their return should have already arrived.

So Alabama taxpayers want to know:  where are their state tax refunds?

“They’ve contacted us saying `hey we want to know where it is, we’ve called the state a couple of times asking for information, we’ve gone to the website and everytime the answer is the same.’ It’s still in process and wait a few more weeks,” said Brad Garland, a CPA at Hall Albright Garrison & Associates.

WHNT News 19 reached out to the state for answers. According to the Alabama Department of Revenue (ADOR), as of Tuesday, June 24th, their office has processed 1.8 million individual income tax returns.

They have issued 1,023,194 refunds to taxpayers totaling $475,103,034.65. We asked how many refunds were yet to be issued, but we were told they did not have those numbers

So what is taking so long? Garland has an idea.

“The biggest factor this year is the state is trying to crack down on fraudulent claims for refunds,” explained Garland. “They`re
taking a more meticulous approach to reviewing a lot of the returns.”

According to ADOR, most returns fall into two categories: those that are automatically processed, and those requiring further review.

Returns can be flagged for review for excessive reductions or contributions. Those are reviewed manually, rather than through a computerized system.

If you are still waiting for your refund a date to look out for is July 15th. That is when the state has to start paying interest on refund claims.

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