Ala. far behind in refunding income taxes

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The longest recession since World War II has caused Alabama's tax collections to plummet so badly that more than 120,000 taxpayers are still waiting for their state income tax refunds.

The state Revenue Department reports that there are 123,000 tax returns from individuals and couples awaiting more than $63 million in refunds, and there are more being processed.

The state income tax is set aside for education programs. Refunds have to come from education taxes. The state Finance Department reports that so far this year, those tax collections are running more than 8 percent below last year.

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