La. accidentally sends out $26 million in ‘double’ tax refunds

Taxpayers urged not to take any action

La. accidentally sends out $26 million in ‘double’ tax refunds
(Source: ROMAN)

(WAFB) - Louisiana has accidentally paid double tax refunds for nearly 66,000 taxpayers amounting to almost $26 million.

The state is in the process of trying to recover the money, said Division of Administration spokesman, Jacques Berry.

Berry says a file ran “abnormally,” causing the duplicate refunds, which were discovered Wednesday, Mar. 13. Most of the refunds were sent by direct deposit and banks are being contacted to reverse the overages. A small amount of the refunds were placed on debit cards and those amounts are being “backed out,” Berry said.

The spokesman urges anyone who received a larger refund than what they are actually due to not spend the money.

Taxpayers do not need to take any action. The vast majority of the duplicated funds will be recovered electronically, according to a statement issued by Berry on March 15.

As the State of Louisiana continues to recoup more than $26 million in duplicate individual income tax refunds that were erroneously issued as the result of a computer error, taxpayers are being urged not to take any action. The vast majority of the duplicated funds are expected to be recovered electronically.
Jacques Berry | Director of Policy and Communication

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