Alabama to offer tax refund on debit card

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The more than 1 million Alabamians who are likely to get a state tax refund this year now have a new way to get their money back.

State Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee says they can choose to get the refund on a Visa debit card rather than by direct deposit or check.

Magee says the change should reduce the number of checks that are stolen from mail boxes and fraudulently cashed.

Shirley Bolt is the Alabama president of the National Association of Tax Professionals. Bolt says people who don't have bank accounts and choose to get the cards will save money because they won't have to pay a check-cashing service to process their refund checks.



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