Taxpayers in Illinois now have the option of receiving their refund on a debit card instead of a paper check.
In order to receive the debit card, one must qualify for a refund, and file their taxes using the Department of Revenue's WebFile site, which can be found at tax.illinois.gov. However, taxpayers with a checking or savings account and those who use a different filing system will find direct deposit faster.
"Each year we strive to improve the taxpayer experience when using tax.illinois.gov. This year, we've implemented a pilot program to help families without a traditional savings or checking account get free access to their tax refund, instead of facing check cashing fees from local vendors," said Brian Hamer, Director, Illinois Department of Revenue.
The cards will be able to be used at banks and credit unions with the VISA logo, thousands of Chase ATMs, and retail stores and gas stations around Illinois without a fee. Debit card users could incur a fee if they use a non-Chase ATM.
The Department of Revenue will take feedback on the program this year and hopes to expand it next year.
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