CBS News is reporting that three states, including Alabama are delaying their payments of state tax refunds back to taxpayers because of budget shortages.  Alabama along with Hawaii and North Carolina are reported to be delaying returns for folks – some who even filed very early.

States have 45 days from April 15th before they are required to send out their refund checks, even if the tax payer fills out the return and sends it in early.  Tax experts are telling tax payers it may be a good idea to adjust your witholdings for next year instead of counting on a speedy large income tax refund.