ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Revenue is choosing paper over plastic when it comes to tax refunds.
The state tax agency confirmed Wednesday it is delaying a conversion from paper refund checks to preloaded debit cards for now. An official cited concerns over data security and a decision to focus on promoting direct-deposit refunds instead.READ MORE: One World Surgery: Twin Cities Surgeon-And-Nurse Duo Create World-Class Medical Center In Honduras
Minnesota lawmakers last spring granted the department permission to move to debit-card refunds.READ MORE: Many Restaurant Job Applicants Aren't Showing Up For Interviews
Deputy Revenue Commissioner Matt Massman tells The Associated Press that the agency needs complete consumer confidence to get them to buy into a new system. He says officials will reevaluate the debit-card program later this year.
The department is aggressively pushing to have refunds directly deposited in bank accounts, an option available since 1997 and used by three-quarters of filers.MORE NEWS: Memphis Man Killed By Semi In St. Paul While Walking On Highway 52
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