About 40,000 filers still haven’t received their state income tax refunds, but the state Department of Taxation and Finance said it expects the money will be fully dispersed in the “upcoming days,” Gannett’s Albany Bureau reports.
There was an extended delay this year for people who filed their tax returns the old-fashioned way — on paper, agency spokesman Geoffrey Gloak told Gannett. About 90 percent of state returns are filed electronically.
“We’re on par with last year and will have the remaining refunds out in the upcoming days,” he said.
More than six million state tax refunds — 99 percent of the total due — have already been issued, the Tax Department said. As of early July, $5.3 billion had been paid.
Because of the delay, the Department of Taxation and Finance has directed its own staff to help the contractor — the New York State Industries for the Disabled. The group has a state contract worth as much as $16 million through 2015. The contract requires that the Industries for the Disabled pick up additional overtime costs and the 2 percent interest paid on refunds issued after May 30.
Ron Romano, the non-profit’s president and CEO, said the contract with the state contains a confidentiality clause that prohibits him from discussing the tax return issue. The group has hundreds of contracts with state agencies and local governments.
“I can tell you that we’ve had about 2,000 contracts over the past 10 years,” he said. “We’ve been procuring jobs for individuals with disabilities for more than 40 years. Many of our contracts renew year after year because of customer satisfaction and the overall dedication and good work that our folks do.”
Assemblyman Bill Nojay, R-Pittsford, Monroe County, said his office has received close to 100 calls from constituents wondering where their tax refund is. “It’s become a huge problem to people,” he said. “People who were planning work on their cars or their summer vacations or painting their house or whatever are now squeezed.”