This one slipped by us: Earlier this week, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported that the state has embarked on a pilot program of using debit cards for state income tax refunds – with the aim of ultimately eliminating paper checks:
The debit cards will be mailed to some taxpayers who elected to receive a 2010 Georgia income tax paper refund check. Taxpayers who chose electronic direct deposit of their income tax refund will continue to receive their refunds electronically.
Certain taxpayers will receive a debit card worth the amount of their 2010 Georgia income tax refund. Debit card recipients can transfer the amount on their card into their bank account without charge, just as they would deposit a paper refund check. The debit cards can also be used to make a variety of retail transactions including payment of bills either online or over the telephone.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider