Tax Refunds Issued on New Debit Card

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

HARRISONBURG -- The Virginia Department of Taxation will change the way people receive their tax refunds.

People will be getting their refunds on a debit card instead of a paper check in the mail.

People, like Eugene Meadows, who are used to receiving their tax returns in a paper check, are disappointed by this change.

"Truthfully, I wouldn't do direct deposit on account of giving your information out,” Meadows said, “If they send the check like it always was, you can save money in the long run."

Nick Perrine, a tax manager, said Virginia will save about $200,000 by eliminating paper checks. Meadows said the state shouldn't want to take money from its people.

"I think we need to save more money than the state does. Put more money in our pocket and less in theirs."

Perrine said people who do not trust direct deposit for their taxes should consider using it after this change.

"You can still do direct deposit and that would be the quickest way to get your refund,” Perrine said, “That's what we're urging a lot of our clients to do if you're doing a paper check, that we switch that over and do direct deposit because there are fees involved with this debit card."

People who use this card may be charged for various reasons. People can only use MoneyPass ATMs to take money off of the card. ATM withdrawals can only be done for free once a month and after that there is a $2 charge. Bank teller transactions can only be done for free once during the entire time a person has the card, after that a $2.50 fee will be charge. Also, people who do not use the card for 6 months will have to pay a $3 per month.

Meadows said these fees will only take money out of people's pockets.

"The way things are going now, you need every penny that you can get because every time they take something out, that's less you have for you and your family," Meadows said.

For more information about the other fees for the debit card visit the Virginia Department of Taxation website at: www.tax.virginia.gov/

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