OF SENATOR JAY PAUL GUMM
Atoka, Bryan, Coal, Johnston & Marshall Counties
For Immediate Release: December 31, 2009
Sen. Jay Paul Gumm
Gumm’s Bill Speeding Tax Refunds Takes
When the New Year begins at midnight, a new law takes
effect that its author says will speed refunds to Oklahoma taxpayers.
Senate Bill 11, by Senator Jay
Paul Gumm, was passed by lawmakers and signed by the governor
during the 2009 session of the Oklahoma Legislature. The measure
requires the Oklahoma Tax Commission to make speedy refunds to taxpayers,
or pay the same interest to taxpayers that taxpayers would have
to pay on delinquent tax payments.
“If the state is going to charge taxpayers who make late
payments, it seems only fair that state government be held to that
same standard when it is late returning taxpayers’ money to
them,” said Gumm, a Democrat from Durant.
Under the law, taking effect on Jan. 1, 2010, the Tax Commission
will “pay interest on a refund at the same rate for interest
specified for delinquent tax payments” if refunds are not
made within 20 days for state tax returns filed electronically and
90 days returns filed by mail.
The lawmaker said the bill reflects a “simple fairness”
in the way state government should treat the people it serves. The
measure passed both the Senate and House on unanimous votes.
For more information contact:
Sen. Gumm: 405-521-5586