The Louisiana House gave final legislative approval Friday to a bill that would allow taxpayers to opt against receiving their income tax refunds on debit cards. House Bill 1092 by state Rep. Jim Fannin, D-Jonesboro, goes to Gov. Bobby Jindal for his signature after the House voted 92-0 in favor of concurring with the Senate’s changes.
Fannin offered the proposal after the state Department of Revenue shifted from paper checks to debit cards for refunds to state taxpayers. Complaints arose that elderly residents found the debit cards confusing.
Under the bill, taxpayers would have a menu of options — check, debit card or direct deposit — for receiving their refunds.