Wednesday, December 28, 2016

State announces delay in tax refunds next year

Refunds for Georgia income tax returns in 2017 could take up to three months to be issued.  The Department of Revenue steps they take to verify taxpayer identity take longer and could delay the refunds.  From the AJC:
Georgia warns 2017 state tax refunds could be delayed
Kristina Torres | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Friday, Dec. 2, 2016
Georgia tax officials said Friday that some 2017 refunds may be delayed due to fraud prevention efforts, a warning that comes after complaints this year that it took longer than usual to process income tax returns. 
Starting next year, all first-time Georgia income tax filers or taxpayers who have not filed here for at least five years will only be able to receive refunds in the form of a paper check and not by electronic transfer.
The state won’t begin processing individual returns until Feb. 1, with officials saying it could take more than 90 days to issue a refund if one is due...
The agency is encouraging taxpayers to register online with the department’s tax center website to monitor the status of their returns. Registered users can also get fraud alerts to notify them when a return has been filed with their Social Security number.
To sign up, go to

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