LA taxpayers may have long wait for state tax refunds

BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - If you're expecting a tax refund from the State of Louisiana, you may be in for a long wait.  State lawmakers say they've been fielding complaints from residents who say they've been waiting weeks to get back the money they are owed.

Senate President John Alario is now asking the La. Department of Revenue for answers.  He sent the department a notice on Friday to provide an explanation to the legislature on what's holding up the checks.  Many taxpayers count on the money to help pay off bills, while others use it to pay for vacations or other things that aren't part of their normal budget.  In either case, Alario, who is also a tax consultant, says the delay can cause a negative impact to the economy.

The Department of Revenue last year started using a new fraud prevention system, and its website warns tax filers that the software slows down refund processing.

If you file a paper return, the department says it could take up to 16 weeks for processing. For those taxpayers who file electronically, your check will be processed more quickly.  Still, the department says online filers should still expect to wait at least 21 days from submission of tax forms.

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BATON ROUGE, LA - If you're expecting a tax refund from the State of Louisiana, you may have a long wait.   State lawmakers have been getting calls from residents, complaining of the time it's taking for the state to refund money that is owed to them.

Senate President John Alario on Friday asked the state's revenue department to provide answers on what's holding up the checks.  Alario, who is also a tax consultant, wants revenue department officials to report back to the state legislature.

In addition to aggravated taxpayers, Alario says delayed tax refunds can also impact the economy.

The Department of Revenue last year started using a new fraud prevention system, and its website warns tax filers that the software slows down refund processing.  

If you've filed a paper return, the state says it could take up to 16 weeks for processing.  Taxpayers who file electronically will see quicker refunds, but the department says online filers should still expect to wait at least 21 days from when they filed their tax returns.  

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