What if I paid to file my 2007 taxes with my refund money using Santa Barbara Bank & Trust?
Even if you have received or will receive your tax refund by direct deposit to your bank account, the IRS will not do the same for your tax rebate in this instance. It will mail your rebate instead.
In its preparations for issuing rebates, the IRS decided that taxpayers who entered into financial transactions with third parties, such as Santa Barbara Bank & Trust (the taxpayer and TurboTax being the first two parties), would receive their rebates by mail.
This applies only to TurboTax customers who used the “refund transfer” or RT service when filing their 2007 tax returns. The service lets you pay for your tax preparation and/or e-filing from your refund proceeds, for an additional fee, under an agreement with the bank. This allows customers to pay using their refunds, rather than credit cards.
This IRS decision also applies to taxpayers who used “refund anticipation loans” or RALs (loans made to tax filers against their expected refunds) on their 2007 returns. TurboTax does not offer RALs.
UPDATE: PLEASE READ BOB MEIGHAN’S COMMENTS, BEFORE YOU COMMENT. I know many of you want to vent. And you are free to do so. But be reasonable:
EVERY TAX PREPARER is in the SAME BOAT.
No matter where you went to get your taxes done!
UPDATE: 5/13/08 (Via Bob Meighan) – QUESTIONS ANSWERED IN USA TODAY COLUMN.