Hawaii to refund taxpayers who double-paid

Hawaii to refund taxpayers who double-paid

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii tax officials say taxpayers who paid double their balances because of a mistaken notice will automatically receive refunds in the next two to three weeks.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser said Monday that The Tax Department says taxpayers will automatically be paid by check without needing to do anything further.

Officials say the confusion came because letters were sent to taxpayers who mailed paper checks close to an April 20 deadline.

Arikka Johnson, a resident hall director at Chaminade University, says she assumed she had made an error when she paid her balance twice. She says her biggest mistake was assuming the state agency was correct.

Tax Department spokeswoman Mallory Fujitani says the agency is assessing how many incorrect bills were sent.

The agency has recently struggled with technology.

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