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.