OH Budget standoff means late tax refunds for some

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The inability of state lawmakers to agree to an income tax cut delay means that Ohioans who file early paper returns will get late tax refunds.

The Ohio Department of Taxation is waiting to print tax information booklets until there is certainty over what the tax rates will be for 2009.

Gov. Ted Strickland and House Democrats approve of delaying the final 4.2 percent income tax reduction to fill an $850 million budget hole. But most Republicans have refused to go along, saying it's a tax increase.

Because of the printing delay, information won't get to taxpayers until weeks later than normal. That will slow down the refund process.

Last year, 51,770 people filed tax returns in January, with 47,113 seeking a refund.

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