Instead of refund checks, this year Connecticut state income taxpayers who decide against having the refund deposited directly into their bank accounts will receive debit cards, instead.
Last year the state issued nearly a million refunds — about 45 per cent of them by check.
Sarah Kaufman with the Department of Revenue services says the debit cards will be more secure than checks. “It’s not like somebody could just come through your neighborhood and take the card out of your mailbox and begin using it. There actually are enhanced security features enabled with this that are more likely to prevent someone from being able to steal your refund. Someone can’t just forge your signature on a check.”
“They have to activate the card once they receive it. They can do that either online or over the phone. And there will be a number of questions pertinent to the particular individual that they’ll be asked in order for the card to be activated.”
She says the state expects to money with the debit cards, though there’s no exact figure on how much. Several other states already are using debit cards for tax refunds.