Alabama slightly ahead of last year with refunds

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's Department of Revenue reports that the issuance of state income tax refunds is running slightly ahead of last year, but there are processed returns waiting on money to become available for refunds.

Department spokeswoman Carla Snellgrove said the state had issued $168 million in refunds through February 2009 and $188 million through this February.

The department has approved another $79 million in refunds, but they won't be issued until state funds become available.

Snellgrove said the department can't provide taxpayers with a turnaround time on refunds because the issuance depends on tax collections.

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