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Why is the N.C. Department of Revenue so aggressively taking citizen refunds?

Ken Little
StarNews

Q. Why is the N.C. Department of Revenue so aggressively taking citizen refunds? They claim that prior notice is given, but I know several situations where that is not the case. They take the money first and even if they are wrong it takes months to correct.

A. Not knowing the specifics of the reader’s claims, N.C. Department of Revenue spokesman Trevor Johnson addressed the agency’s general policy on tax refunds.

“If a taxpayer is due a refund, the North Carolina Department of Revenue will check to ensure the taxpayer has no liability, either with N.C. DOR, or other claimant agencies registered with the department’s offset program,” Johnson said.

Johnson said the claimant agencies registered with N.C. DOR include, but are not limited to: local governments, other state entities or agencies, and the Internal Revenue Service.

Taxpayers with questions about why their refund may have been offset can contact NCDOR at 1-877-252-3052 for more information.

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