Department of Revenue turns over documents following subpoena

State Auditor Nicole Galloway's office on Thursday afternoon announced the Department of Revenue had turned over a stack of documents related to state income tax returns.

Galloway's office subpoenaed the department on Wednesday six weeks after requesting information from the department on its income tax refund office. Galloway is checking to see whether the department issues refunds within the 45-day time limit set by law.

"I am hopeful that, in the future, the issuance of a subpoena will not be necessary for my office to do its job protecting taxpayers," she said in a statement.

Bert Doerhoff, a Jefferson City CPA who once served on an advisory group to the department's director, said he sees Galloway's subpoena as a sign she is doing her job. But he added the department's reluctance to release tax refund information might stem from privacy concerns.

Doerhoff said state law requires income tax refunds to be sent by August. However, he said the governor can withhold tax refunds during tight budget years. If you're not sure about your refunds, he suggested checking your accounts to see if you got the refund you claimed.

"The way I look at it, if I get my refund before August, it's kind of like Christmas coming early, because the state has until that August deadline to issue the refund," he said.

The Department of Revenue did not respond to multiple requests for comment for this story.

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