JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — State Auditor Nicole Galloway said in a press release Tuesday than more than 1,000 Missourians have contacted the State Auditor’s Office whistle blower hotline reporting missing refunds or other issues with their tax refunds.

According to the release, Galloway is now publicly calling on the director of the Missouri Department of Revenue to respond swiftly to the allegations made by Missouri taxpayers.

“Over the last six weeks, more than 1,000 Missourians have contacted by whistle blower hotline seeking information on the status of their tax refund. They report long wait time, disconnected calls, the inability to speak to a representative when seeking status information on their refunds and receiving a refund after 45 days without receiving interest. Missourians are being understandably frustrated by the delay and I urge the Department of Revenue to take all necessary steps to complete refund processing as quickly as possible,” Auditor Galloway said in the press release.

According to Missouri law, personal income tax refunds that are issued to taxpayers after 45 days past the filing date are required to be distributed to the taxpayer with interest.

For those who filed by the April 18 deadline, a refund should have been received by June 2.

The Department of Revenue is currently under audit by Galloway’s office. The audit seeks to review processes used by the department as well as compliance with state law over the past couple of years.

To view up-to-date refund figures from the state of Missouri, visit the State Auditor’s Office website.