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Some North Carolinians are upset over the fact that the state tax refunds will be slow again this year.  Many waited anywhere from 6-8 months to get their refunds last year and the wait may be the same or longer this year. 

Department of Revenue Secretary Kenneth Lay said refunds aren’t running behind yet but could slow down in the next few weeks.  He says the state simply can’t send out more money than it’s bringing in.  

Lay says, “If you are due a refund, you will get a refund,” but the department wants taxpayers to know ahead of time that there is a potential that it may be delayed.   Last year, state officials didn’t notify taxpayers of slow processing of refunds until March.

This year, the Department of Revenue has a link on its’ website where people can check the status of their refund and learn more about common problems that hinder issuing checks.