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State Suspends Program Delaying Tax Refunds [VIDEO]

New Jersey is suspending an ID theft program that has delayed tax refunds to 13,000 taxpayers.

Governor Christie during March's Ask The Governor
Governor Christie during March’s Ask The Governor (Townsquare Media NJ)

Refunds will be paid starting next week.

Software initially flagged 22,000 tax refunds in February, requiring taxpayers to provide additional information such as W-2 forms and recent pay stubs. The state then said 9,000 filers should not have been included.

During the March edition of Ask the Governor, a caller brought up  the delay in receiving his state income tax refund. Chris Christie explained that the state treasury had begun an aggressive anti-fraud program in preventing people from getting refunds who don’t deserve them. “I’m not happy with what’s gone on at treasury in this regard, and I’ve made it very clear to the treasurer that I’m unhappy with it.”

Treasury Department spokesman William Quinn tells the Asbury Park Press the current program needs further modification to better balance fraud prevention benefits with the burdens it imposes on taxpayers.

Read more stories from NJ101.5's Ask the Governor program

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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