In the mail: State tax refund checks on the way

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - If you still haven't received your state refund check yet, it could already be in the mail.

Wednesday marked the state's deadline to get the refunds out or pay interest.

So if you were one of the many who packed the post office by the April 15 filing deadline, your money is likely on the way.

If you missed that deadline for some reason, you'll have to wait a little longer.

Wesley Young is the first to admit, he filed his tax return this year at the very last minute.

"I had filed it on the 15th of April," Young said.

He's just one of thousands of Alabamians who filed right on the April 15th deadline and have yet to receive their state income tax refund check.

"I'm thinking, I'm like, when am I going to get my money back? I filed my taxes and I still haven't gotten it back yet," Young said.

However, State Revenue Commissioner Tim Russell said Young won't have to wait much longer.

As of Wednesday night, checks have been dropped in the mail for all those who filed by the April 15th deadline and didn't have any issues with their return.

"As of tonight, we would have paid 1,249,835 refunds, which is the highest number we've ever paid in the history of the state," Russell said.

Russell said the reason for the delay isn't surprising.

"Cash flow has been harder on the states, and so it's just taking longer to pay them this year. It's just the economic reality of where we're at," he said.

Young said he'll be keeping a close eye on his mailbox in the coming weeks.

"Yes definitely, I could really use it," he said.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Department of Revenue had about 27,000 checks still to be issued--totaling nearly $33 million.

These are mainly filers who had issues with their returns or who requested an extension.

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