by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The Government of Guam may have paid $198 million in tax refund checks in the last month, but a group of taxpayers who filed a class action lawsuit don't believe the case should be thrown out. The government argues that the case filed by Jeffrey and Rea Paeste and Sharon Zapanta should be thrown out because the issue of paying past due refunds is now moot.
The plaintiffs, however, oppose such a dismissal and contend the court should issue orders compelling the government to pay past year's refunds and ensure future refunds are administered on time. The plaintiffs also believe the expedited refund program is unconstitutional and unfair.
They want the case to proceed as they argue the government continues to divert money intended for income tax refunds to other things.