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Interest ahead for those without NC tax refunds

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- People still waiting for North Carolina income tax refunds now can expect to get a little bit more.

The Department of Revenue said Friday about 312,000 refunds valued at $222 million have yet to be distributed. Refunds not paid by Sunday will start accruing interest at an annual rate of 5 percent.

North Carolina delayed tax refunds this year as the state's cash flow stayed uncertain in the weak economy.

The department got refunds paid out last year by May 13 to people who filed on time. Revenue Secretary Kenneth Lay said everyone due a refund this year will get one as quickly as possible.

More than 90 percent of all refunds for returns filed by April 15 have gone out, valued at nearly $1.8 billion.

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312,000

refunds still not paid. One should ask what percentage of total returns filed, with anticipated refunds due, this number represents.

Is the issue the fact the state has no money to cover refund checks?

And the officials who, on April 15, promised all refunds would be out by May 15, should cease to draw salary until the last refund has been mailed.

Your state government at work.