Gov. Jay Nixon wants state revenue officials to move faster when it comes to processing income tax refunds.
Three days after the Post-Dispatch revealed that wait times for taxpayers expecting a refund of their 2015 taxes had hit the 10-week mark, Nixon directed the Missouri Department of Revenue to accelerate its efforts.
To help speed up the process, Nixon authorized the agency to implement overtime and bring in additional staffing if needed.
After saying in February the waiting period would be closer to a week, the department blamed the lengthy delays in recent weeks on a need to fight against tax fraud.
Nixon told them to speed it up.
“I appreciate the department’s work to protect taxpayers from fraud, but we also recognize the need to give people their money back. That’s why I’m making sure they have the resources they need to get the job done.”
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