Delayed Refunds Arrive Minus Interest

By: Courtney Ann Jackson Email
By: Courtney Ann Jackson Email

Jackson, Miss. Some Mississippians say the state owes them money for delayed tax refunds.

A new computer system and short staff were blamed for the long waits.Still, there was the promise of interest kicking in to bump up the total amount. However, that hasn't been true for everyone.

Henry Melton was expecting interest to be added onto his late tax refund when he finally got his check.

"It may not be a lot of money but if it's my money and it's owed to me," Melton said. "I'd expect to get it."

The Mississippi Department of Revenue admits some refunds were issued without the interest the state law requires. That didn't go unnoticed by people checking their bank accounts.

"The only interest I got was, I was interested in trying to figure out where was the interest that should've been added to it," Melton said.

The state had said taxpayers would get one percent interest for each month the return was delayed after July 15. If you got the return on Aug. 15, for example, you should get two percent interest. Melton got the original amount he was owed.

"Not surprising, due to the fact that it's taken so long for a lot of us to receive our checks," said Melton. "Almost near the end of the year, after filing it the first of the year."

The department of revenue says it will do a review before the end of the year and figure out who may be owed interest. Those people could still get another check.

"I tell you what, I'm not going to hold my breath for it," said Melton. "And I'm not going to be sitting around looking for it day by day."

The department of revenue doesn't know how many people may be owed that interest. Officials said they will find out when they do the review.

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