Federal Government Shutdown Delays Maryland Tax Refunds | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Federal Government Shutdown Delays Maryland Tax Refunds

Play associated audio

In years past people could count on tax refunds coming to them as early as next week. But that will not be the case this year because of last October's federal government shutdown, and Maryland's comptroller is asking people to be patient.

The government shutdown meant the IRS was delayed in processing returns according to Peter Franchot. The comptroller says that means state tax refunds will also be held up, so residents won't be seeing their returns next week.

"Now they're going to have to wait until the 31st. We'll get them out the door as quickly as possible, but we are dependent on the IRS to first process the returns. So I'm telling folks to be patient but people need that money. They are accustomed to paying holiday bills with tax refunds," he says.

Franchot adds the state is seeing slow but growing economic recovery, and any delay in getting residents their money can hurt that.

NPR

Getting A Tattoo Is An Unlikely Rite Of Passage For This Teen

Commentator Katie Davis helped with an unlikely coming of age ceremony for a young man she mentored and tutored for years. She took him to get his first tattoo.
NPR

There Are 200 Million Fewer Hungry People Than 25 Years Ago

That's the good news. The bad news is that there are still 795 million people who don't get enough to eat — and enough nutrients in their food.
WAMU 88.5

Virginia Candidates Spending Big On Consultants, Postage

The political consultants need to get paid, and that direct mail needs postage. Then there's the website and the campaign staff. These are the things candidates in the upcoming Virginia primary are spending big money on.
NPR

Threatened Online? Supreme Court Says Prosecutors Must Prove Intent

Justices declined to delineate exactly what sort of evidence could prove that an online post — such as "took all the strength I had not to ... slit her throat" — was intended to spark fear.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.