At last check Wednesday the department had 27,171 checks left to run through the printer system. They're worth about $32 million.
The department has until the end of the business day to postmark refund checks for people who filed on-time and correctly before state law requires interest start accumulating on them.
Taxpayers, many struggling with the effects of a down economy, have been waiting for several months without word on when they would get their money.
It took Governor Bob Riley's decision earlier in the week to dip into the school system's Rainy Day Fund to get things going.
Pulling more than $100 million from that fund to steady the school educational system freed up the government's hands to tap other accounts.