Monday is the deadline for filing state and federal income taxes.
The Rhode Island Division of Taxation says state returns are coming in slightly slower than last year because of last minute changes to the federal tax code. As of last week, 75 percent of Rhode Islanders had filed. That’s down about three percent from last year. However, refunds are up three percent to an average of $530.
Neil Downing, a chief revenue agent for the state Division of Taxation, said people who file late pay significant penalties.
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Officials with the Rhode Island Division of Taxation say it should be a little easier to track the progress of your income tax refund this year.
The “Where’s my refund” tool on the division’s website is being upgraded to give taxpayers more detailed information on why the refund is held up. In the past it often said ‘held for review’ – sometimes for weeks.
Neil Downing, a chief revenue agent, says it’s part of the division’s ongoing efforts to improve customer service.