"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 of the Illinois Department of Revenue. "But people who have a
bank or credit union account are likely to find direct deposit the most
effective way to receive their refund."
The debit cards can be used without a fee at banks and credit unions
displaying the Visa logo, at thousands of Chase ATMs, and at retail stores and
gas stations around the state. The debit card refund option is available only to
those taxpayers who use the department's
Illinois taxpayers can find the Chase ATM most convenient to them by using
locator in the question-and-answer portion of the Department of
Revenue website devoted to the debit card program at
tax.illinois.gov. Taxpayers should be aware that they could incur a fee if
they use a non-Chase ATM.
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The department will monitor the feedback from taxpayers who have
opted to use the debit card this year with hopes of expanding the
debit card option next year so that more Illinois taxpayers could
take advantage of it.
Department of Revenue file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]