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While it's only the third batch of tax refunds to be paid out for the year so far, over 1,000 people should be expecting a tax refund in the mail this week.

It's been nearly a month since the last batch of tax refunds were paid out, but according to acting Department of Administration director Tony Blaz, over a thousand people should be expecting a check in the mail this week. "We paid $6 million yesterday, and we're so excited," he shared. "This is one of Governor Calvo's signature items to pay tax refunds, and we're very elated and I'm very happy about that."

The $6 million nearly doubles what has since been paid out for the current tax year. It covers over 1,700 checks for most of those who filed up to January 23. The last payment of $1.3 million was sent out on February 20.

In a release from the Governor's Office, they note that since 2011, tax refunds have been paid out in record time. In the past two years, the administration say they paid out tax refunds way above the amounts noted in the budgets - even exceeding the 26% that has been required by law. Blaz added, "We've done our part for tax refunds, we advanced tax refunds to the tune of $34 million from Fiscal Year 2014, and those funds were forward in 2015 as well, so we added $6 million to the mix and within the next couple of weeks, and more we're getting more tax refunds, so this is the Governor's directive to all of us to pay tax refunds and we're doing it."

The latest batch of refunds comes a week after Committee on Finance & Taxation chairman Michael San Nicolas held off on Blaz's confirmation until a deposit was made into the Income Tax Refund Efficient Payment and tax refunds were paid. Blaz says he hopes his confirmation will now move forward, adding, "This is a directive of the governor, at the onset of this administration, the governor wanted to pay tax refunds and this is a commitment and we're doing it and I'm saying my confirmation or not, we're still paying tax refunds."

San Nicolas tells KUAM that the payment bodes well for Blaz's confirmation but will wait for additional deposits to be made into the account. He adds they want to get as much money in the account to get refunds paid well into February, while his nomination is still in committee.

In the meantime the governor has accused Senator San Nicolas of playing politics for holding Blaz's confirmation, considering his administration has a track record of paying out tax refunds on time.

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