Many Alabama residents still waiting for state tax refund checks

GURLEY, Ala. (WHNT) – Nearly five months have passed since tax day and many Alabama residents still have not received their state income tax refund.

George Walley is a small business owner in Gurley and he is one of more than 13,000 Alabamians still waiting for his refund check.

He filed his taxes on April 3rd and, as of Wednesday, has yet to receive his claim.

“If you owe them money, they send you a really nasty letter that says pledge your first-born, male child or we’re going to send two guys to break your kneecaps,” said Walley. “But if they owe you money, they go, ‘don’t bother calling us, we’ll get to you when we feel like it.'”

According to the Alabama Department of Revenue, the state implemented a new computer algorithm this year to help detect fraud and identity theft.

The new system slowed about 100,000 refunds.

“If ID theft was not such a problem, we wouldn’t have to do this,” said state revenue commissioner Julie Magee. “The criminals have just gotten greedier.”

Because of that delay, the state now has to pay three percent interest with refunds issued after July 15th.

The move safeguards funds, but for small business owners, like Walley, the extra interest does not help pay the bills now.

“This wasn’t a great year and so, it sure would help a little if we got the refund,” said Walley, “because the house payment, the mortgage company doesn’t care whether you’ve had a bad year or not, they want their mortgage payment.”

Department of revenue officials say that next year’s tax program will be more streamlined.

11 comments

  • Nuclear Mike

    Our “red” Governor needs to hold on to your money a little longer to pay for all the road contractors in Huntsville from Montgomery…

  • Waiting in Birmingham

    I am also still waiting on my refund. My return was accepted on 03/10/14. I didn’t receive a request for more information until June 26th. I submitted that on July 6th. Everytime I call, I get a rude person on the phone who tells me that it is processing. Really? I received a letter on August 13th telling me that it was accepted, ( I had a slight offset after submitting more information ) but the site still says processing. The last time I called, the woman told me she didnt know when it would be sent out. She also did not ask me any identifying information so she could look up my specific return. She just gave me a blanket answer. The ADOR site still shows the last date they sent out refunds was August 11th.

  • koulikov

    This ain’t the first time Alabama stiffed me on a tax refund. The crooks in Montgomery are the overflow from our over price jail house.

  • Waiting in Huntsville

    Also waiting on our return. They wanted more information, but didn’t send us a letter until the end of July! We sent the requested documents (backup paperwork for home repairs/upgrades) back to the state (return receipt shows it was received) and now nothing.

  • Santiago Hernandez Olivas Herrera

    Libs (dem-o-craps) ran alabama for many decades and did what they do best, steal! now the great republican party will begin to make things right! Everyone: Please help control the “Liberal” Population, have your “Lib” spayed/ Neutered!! Got my state refund within 2 weeks back in february. File early, get refund quicker. File later, get paid much later. This is all the FREE wisdom i will offer tonight.

    • TruthLivesHere

      I also received my refund in a timely manner. Two more tips, if I may. E-File and have your refund direct-deposited. These two things will really speed up the process.

    • Waiting In Birmingham

      If you would have read my comment you would see that I did file early. I E-filed and selected direct deposit. My refund stems from the accountability act and will only cover half of what I spent in private school tuition. I am republican and never “expect” a handout. Thanks for your free “wisdom”.

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