March 6, 2013 03:58

If a taxpayer doesn't specifically choose the check or electronic deposit on tax forms, the refund will come on a pre-loaded debit card.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's revenue department is reminding taxpayers that they can request a paper check for their tax refunds this year.

If a taxpayer doesn't specifically choose the check or electronic deposit on tax forms, the refund will come on a pre-loaded debit card.

The pre-paid Visa cards generated complaints last year when the revenue department introduced them and did away with paper checks. People said they didn't understand how to use the cards or were charged fees when they did.

Lawmakers passed a bill that prohibited the department from requiring people who don't use direct deposit to get their tax refunds on the debit cards.

The debit cards are used as a cost-saving measure, but department officials encourage people to choose direct deposit for tax refunds.

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