Tax administrator: All RI refunds should be out by end of May

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Eyewitness News has received numerous reports from viewers who are still waiting on their tax refunds. According to the acting tax administrator, the state of Rhode Island has already issued a majority of its refunds and the rest should go out sometime this month.

Throughout tax season, frustrated residents have lined up at the Division of Taxation in search of information about their tax returns.

New data from the agency shows about 82% of personal income tax refunds have been issued, meaning there are about 90,000 refunds remaining.

Acting Tax Administrator Neena Savage said Wednesday that all refunds should be issued by the end of May.

Savage also said that more than 32,000 personal income tax returns in the state this year are suspected of fraud.

As we reported last month, there have been delays in the refund process this year because of a new computer system that features stricter fraud screening.

“We’re doing everything we can to protect Rhode Island taxpayers and still issue valid refunds,” Savage explained.

So far this tax season, the state has issued more than $190 million in refunds. The average refund is $535.

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