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Some Oregon Taxpayers Face Longer Waits For Refunds

The deadline to file federal and Oregon income tax returns is April 18.
Oregon Department of Revenue
The deadline to file federal and Oregon income tax returns is April 18.

More Oregon taxpayers than normal are facing a longer wait for their refund this year. But as a later-than-usual April 18 filing deadline approaches, the Oregon Department of Revenue said it's clearing out the backlog.

Some tax returns get flagged for additional processing, but it’s not the same thing as an audit. Bob Estabrook of the Oregon Department of Revenue said the so-called manual review could be triggered by a number of things.

"Potential fraud is kind of the number one thing that we're concerned about, but there are things as simple as math errors, as documentation that wasn't included,” Estabrook said.

Also in the mix this year is a high rate of people who didn't calculate their kicker tax rebate correctly. It's been nearly a decade since Oregon taxpayers last had to run that particular equation.

Earlier this tax season, nearly one-third of all Oregon personal tax returns were set aside for further review -- twice the normal rate. Estabrook said the number is now back to normal.

Procrastinators have an extra weekend to file their tax returns this year. Oregon's deadline is April 18, which mirrors the federal IRS deadline. That due date was pushed back from the usual April 15 due to a public holiday in the District of Columbia, where the IRS is based.

Copyright 2016 Northwest News Network

Chris Lehman covers the Oregon state capitol for JPR as part of the Northwest News Network, a group of 12 Northwest public radio organizations which collaborate on regional news coverage. Chris graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He began his career producing arts features for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana and has been a reporter/announcer for NPR station WNIJ in DeKalb, Illinois. Chris has also reported from overseas, filing stories from Iraq, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Uganda.
Chris Lehman
Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.