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Long lines for tax refunds, with no refunds issued

joy@samoanews.com

The long lines at the Treasury Disbursement window last week Friday were filled with people awaiting their Tax Returns, and this issue came before the House during their regular session yesterday. Rep Faimealelei Anthony Allen stated it’s not a pleasant scene to see people waiting for hours for their tax returns only to find out the government was not issuing checks.
 
“I don’t see why there is a delay. We should at least be waiting for Child Tax credit at least 48 hours max, however in our situation I don’t know why there is a delay.” He further noted that there was an unpleasant exchange between the public and ASG employees who were trying to calm the situation down when they had to inform the public they were not getting their tax refunds.
 
In the meantime, Treasury late last Friday issued a statement on the Tax Refund disbursements yet to be distributed.
 
According to Acting Treasurer Ueli Tonumaipe’a, the disbursement and issuance is based on the date the taxpayer has filed, and as of last Friday all refunds were awaiting approval from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
 
“Once funds are received, the checks will then be issued in accordance with the locally and federally approved filers.”
 
The Acting Treasurer further stated that the delay of federal approval may be attributed to various reasons that range from the federal government shutdown, a delay of disbursement from the Officer of Management and Budget (OMB) — to federal departments and the disastrous freezing weather afflicting the nation’s capital and the east coast during the last several weeks, which has closed many federal offices.
 
The Acting Treasurer pointed out that they will inform the public when the checks will be released upon approval of funds. He urged the public to contact their office if they have any questions.



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