$5M worth of refunds now out

2nd batch will be processed within 10 days

The Department of Finance has started releasing this week the first batch of income tax refunds worth about $5 million.

During a radio news briefing last Friday, Finance Secretary David DLG Atalig said they hope to release the second batch of income tax refunds within 10 days.

Atalig said that department staff started printing the income tax refund checks last Friday morning, then they needed to sort and get the checks out in the mail. He said they had staff working over the weekend.

“Taxpayers in this first batch should be expecting it as early as Saturday morning or Monday morning, and throughout the week, depending on how the post office gets the checks in their mail boxes,” he said.

Atalig said taxpayers may contact the Division of Revenue and Taxation to check if they’re in the first batch. He said they are also getting a lot of calls regarding different child tax credits. He said the staff at the Division of Revenue and Taxation are available to answer any taxpayer’s questions. He cautioned, however, that they will probably be getting a lot of calls so people have to be patient. “Hopefully, we’ll get to their calls or emails,” he said.

Atalig said they are releasing checks based on a first-in, first-out process. That means those who submitted their tax returns first before the deadline get to be in the first batch.

With respect to Pandemic Unemployment Assistance checks, Atalig said they’re having a meeting that day, Friday, with Labor’s PUA team, where one of the topics is how to speed up the process of releasing the checks as well as to find out how much more they have to release.

“We’re always working on trying to improve our process,” he said.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com
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