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.