Virginia taxpayers can no longer receive state tax refunds by check. Instead, they must take the money by direct bank deposit or on a debit card.
Both paper and software versions of state income tax returns will require filers to choose one of the two options. Eliminating paper checks is expected to save about $200,000 in printing and mailing costs this year.
Virginians who choose direct deposit should bring a voided check when visiting a tax preparer. Those who choose the debit card should be aware of fees.
For details, go to Virginia Department of Taxation, look for “Tax Refund Changes,” then click on “prepaid debit card” and “Fee Schedule.”