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About 281 taxpayers' debit cards charged twice

 The Rhode Island tax division says about 281 taxpayers using direct debit to pay their 2014 state income tax have been overcharged because of a computer problem.

State tax administrator David Sullivan said in an email Tuesday that taxes were taken out of some accounts twice. He said those taxpayers will get automatic refunds and the state will also cover any overdraft fees or other charges they incurred.

Sullivan said the double-billing totaled about $450,000, and most of that was to one taxpayer billed $290,000.

Officials said the problem surfaced after the April 15 filing deadline and is believed to have been caused by a high volume of last-minute returns forwarded by the Internal Revenue Service.

The state is notifying the people who were overcharged.




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