Pilot Program Could Have Your Tax Refund Come On A Debit Card

By Scott Sarvay

January 13, 2011 Updated Jan 13, 2011 at 6:51 PM EDT

UNDATED (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The Treasury Department is looking to make the refund process less taxing and the move could help make paper checks obsolete some day.

A pilot project is being launched Thursday to get tax refunds to some people by prepaid debit cards.

It is designed to cut down on the expense of cutting paper checks, and to help those taxpayers who don't have bank accounts.

About 600,000 low and moderate income taxpayers will be invited to take part in the program.

This is the latest effort by the treasury to reduce the number of paper checks, which cost about a dollar a check to cut.

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