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Louisiana working to recover $26M in improper tax refunds

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — About 66,000 Louisiana taxpayers were double-paid their state tax refunds, $26 million in overpayments the state is working to claw back.

The error happened Wednesday.

Jacques Berry is spokesman for the Division of Administration, which oversees the state’s technology office. Berry blamed a computer system error for the mistake, which paid 66,000 taxpayers twice for refunds they were owed.

Berry said Thursday that the problem was fixed, and the state is working to recover the money.

In most instances, he says the double payment was made through bank account direct deposits that can be quickly reversed. If the money is no longer in the account, Berry says the taxpayer’s bank will contact the person seeking return of the overpayment.

Information about how much money has been recollected is expected Friday.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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