$5.6 million in tax refunds out; 1st refunds released via direct deposit


The Department of Revenue and Taxation has processed, and the Department of Administration will mail this week a total of 2,703 refund checks for tax year 2019.

This represents approximately $5,667,083 in refund payments which include refunds garnished for child support and to repay government debts. These are for error free returns filed on or before July 22, 2020.

As of January 15, 2021, only 3,970 individual tax refunds totaling about $11 million were for “A” status or error-free returns that are pending payment. DRT and DOA are ahead of the 6-month payment deadline required by the 2013 permanent injunction.

DRT also launched the payment of refunds by direct deposit. “We are working to lay the foundation for future payments to be made by this method which will be allowed for certain tax returns in the coming 2020 tax return filing season,” said DRT Director Dafne Mansapit-Shimizu.

“DOA is happy to cooperate with DRT in this effort to pay tax refunds by direct deposit which will result in faster receipt of refunds for taxpayers,” said DOA Director Edward Birn.