I completed my 2002 tax return last night. According to my calculations, I have a sizable due refund this year – and that depresses me greatly. Odds are good I will never see that money – GovGuam has taken it, and will never give it back.
For the ten years I have lived on Guam, not once have I received a refund check in a timely manner. In fact, in 1994 I was interviewed by Guam Cable News about this very problem. Nothing has changed in ten years; in fact, it has gotten worse. For several years in the late 90’s, I received my refund check in late October. And I usually file late February. Sadsacks that waited for April 15 had to wait until January to get their money. Last year I filed on February 12th. I am still waiting for that refund. Since GovGuam is about to crumble into bankruptcy, I doubt I’ll ever see that money. It just boggles my mind that this problem has continued for ten years. For ten years the government has not had enough money to meet its obligations, and nobody has done a damn thing. Shame on all of us.