Tax Watch reported in May about extended delays facing individuals with paper income tax returns, with some filers waiting months for refunds and many whose returns seemed to be in limbo. Local taxpayers have been adding comments to the original post detailing the ongoing delays.
At the time a spokesman blamed the delay on the time-intensive tasks involved with processing paper returns and the state comptroller’s new initiative to more closely scrutinize returns.
But an Albany Times Union report today details serious issues with how the state Dept. of Taxation and Finance is processing paper returns. Auditors have been reassigned to process the returns – which are supposed to be handled by an outside contractor – a move that could cost the state revenue as staff is pulled off of fraud recovery and audits, the report said.
Taxpayers are confused and angry. A commenter on Tax Watch named Tim wrote on Sunday: “sent mine in April 15th.. nothing yet.. status.. we have no information on your return- slow is not the word to use.. other words are much more appropriate..”
Read Times Union’s report here.