RI sends duplicate tax refund checks to 500 taxpayers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The state of Rhode Island has sent duplicate income-tax refund checks to approximately 500 people, a state official confirmed Wednesday.

The affected refunds represent less than one-tenth of one percent of the number of refunds expected to be issued, said Allison Rogers, policy director for the R.I. Department of Administration.

The taxpayers in question received two identical checks, but because of security measures in place, only one check per taxpayer can be cashed, according to a joint statement released by the Department of Administration and the Department of Revenue.

The statement also said, “We expect no financial impact from this incident. However, out of an abundance of caution, we are evaluating current controls in order to prevent this from happening again.”

State officials said the duplicate checks, totaling $364,321.62, were printed and mailed on the same day. They said “human error” caused the issue, and asked that anyone who receives a duplicate check mail it, along with a brief explanation, to this address:

Rhode Island Division of Taxation
Personal Income Tax Section
Attention: Duplicate Checks
One Capitol Hill
Providence, R.I. 02908

Susan Campbell (scampbell@wpri.com) is the Call 12 for Action and Target 12 consumer investigator for WPRI 12 and Fox Providence. Follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.