This is the first year the Department of Revenue has offered the refund debit card. To receive the card, taxpayers will need to check the “debit card” box located on the refund line of their 2012 income tax return or PTC claim. After the card is received in the mail, the recipient must activate it by phone or online, and a Personal Information Number or PIN must be created.
Benefits of the debit card include no check cashing fees, no bank account is required and access to the funds is available 24-hours a day. Taxpayers may use the refund card for free for purchases and to get cash back with a purchase anywhere a Visa Card is accepted.
UMB, MoneyPass and Chase ATMs may all be used to access cash without fees. One free withdrawal is allowed at other ATMs, but an ATM surcharge may apply. The card is issued by JP Morgan Chase of New York.
Other refund options for taxpayers still will include the mailing of a paper check or an electronic direct deposit into the taxpayer's bank account.