The state Senate has passed a bill to require the state Department of Taxation and Finance to pay refunds within 30 days of receiving a taxpayer's return, state Sen. Joseph Griffo announced Saturday.

The bill comes when taxpayers have experienced months-long waits to receive their tax refunds from the state, Griffo's office said in the release. State Sen. Carl Marcellino, R-Syosset, sponsored the legislation.

The legislation provides that the state department would have to provide written notice and a resolution date to the taxpayer if a tax refund could not be paid due to a discrepancy in the return. Failure in this obligation, according to Griffo's office, would make the state liable to pay interest on the refund. 

“Taxpayers work hard for their money and we should be doing whatever we can to make sure that those who overpaid their state taxes receive their refund in a timely manner,” Griffo said in a statement. “This legislation requires the state to immediately act to put this hard-earned money back in the pockets of the state’s taxpayers.”

The bill will now go to the state Assembly.