Budget Cuts Will Delay Tax Refunds
Add quick tax refunds to the casualties of Maryland's budget shortfall.
The state comptroller's office says cuts to the workforce of temporary employees the agency hires during tax filing season to process paper returns will force delays in refunds, to four weeks from two.
Last year the office was able to hire 140 temporary workers to open returns and scan them into a computer system, where they are checked for accuracy before processing.
This year, the number will be pared to 70 because of a $450,000 budget cut.
Comptroller Peter Franchot is touring the state to get the word out to taxpayers, urging them to file their tax returns electronically to guarantee a refund in as little as 72 hours.
Every little bit helps, says Franchot's office: Paper returns cost the state $1.98 to process, compared to 38 cents for electronically filed ones.
The marketing effort will turn Monday to You Tube, say Franchot officials. Stay tuned.
January 30, 2009; 4:18 PM ET
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