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Letter: State takes too long sending tax refunds

State takes too long sending tax refunds

It’s that wonderful time of the year – blooming flowers, proms, graduations, weddings and tax refunds. Oh, wait, aren’t tax refunds in March and April? Well, not if New York State has anything to do with it.

I was told online that the state had to review my return and that it could take up to 90 days. It took 116 days. I called six times before April 15, then demanded to know exactly what was wrong so that it could be corrected. The state told me to fax all my W-2s and 1099s, and that would definitely speed things up. Wrong! I faxed them immediately; three weeks later the state said it hadn’t gotten them. Then it said it did get them. I expected my refund in about a week. Wrong again. After getting the runaround, I wrote to my state senator and assemblywoman.

I got a call saying the state could now process my return, and I should get it within 30 days. Are you kidding me? I thought the faxes would speed things up. The State Senate has passed a bill that says the tax department has 30 days to give you your refund in a timely manner. Does 116 days sound timely? It’s now up to the Assembly. Please pass this bill so people next year will not wait through endless delays and frustrations.

Toni Barone

Cheektowaga