by Nick Delgado
Guam - Today was the deadline District Court Judge Consuelo Marshal gave the Government of Guam and the plaintiffs in the tax refunds class action lawsuit to negotiate a permanent injunction. KUAM News spoke with Department of Administration director Benita Manglona earlier in the week and she said the government was still drafting their proposed injunction and hadn't met with the plaintiffs to engage in negotiations yet.
The judge ordered that if the two couldn't reach an agreement, they would need to engage Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan.
The plaintiffs want the government to be forced to pay tax refunds within six months after a return is filed and interest to be paid on refunds not paid on a timely basis. The government maintains the proposed injunction fails to address the $30-40 million owed for tax refunds already filed and the $105 million shortfall for payment of 2012 tax returns.
The plaintiffs have been ordered to file a permanent injunction by November 2 while the government must