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Eager for your refund? Not so fast

New York Gov. David A. Paterson, left, chats

New York Gov. David A. Paterson, left, chats with Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch at a budget presentation in Albany. (Jan. 19, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

New Yorkers anxious to get a hold of their income tax refund money will have to wait up to three additional weeks, Gov. David A. Paterson announced Wednesday.

The delay, especially considering its timing, (in the midst of speculation about a Paterson resignation) has drawn the ire of some Long Islanders, while others have responded to the situation with constructive criticism. user Islandstate wrote:

Let me get this right . . . according to NYS they can't afford to pay these refunds until the new "fiscal year" when money will magically be replenished? The state still has to pay either way so how is this helping the state? It seems like they are delaying the inevitable ... user GetReal wrote:

Back in the day, I sent my returns via snail mail, it took 4 to 6 weeks for Federal and 6 to 8 weeks for State returns. Now with electronic filing and deposits I get my returns in 10 to 14 days. But even this is too slow for some people I know. Its amazing how much people are in a rush to get a few hundred dollars back. ... user triangle wrote:

I agree with everyone so far. There is no "delay" in the state taking out taxes each week from our paychecks. And our exhorbitant property taxes have due dates as well that must be abided by or met with penalties if late. Why not tap into the millionaires and billionaires resources to cover the short fall and give Joe and Jane Citizen some peace!! user MadballNYHC wrote:

It's only two to three weeks, not three months so it's not the biggest deal. What I find funny is Paterson's comment "I hope it serves notice on the public about how serious our financial situation is, how sensitive and in many ways vulnerable we are as a state to going into the kind of financial disaster that other states are in." I think the public are the ONLY ones who are aware of how bad this situation is. We're not the rich and powerful who aren't particularly affected by all of this, so we feel it the most. Maybe the politicians who can't seem to run things properly should listen to us for a change.


Is the delay affecting you financially? Will you do anything different next year when it comes to paying state taxes?

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