The state tax agency says they will offer debit cards for individual income tax refunds for the 2012 filing season.
The SCDOR worked with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Visa to set up a prepaid debit card, intended to eventually replace the printing and mailing of paper checks.
Right now, taxpayers will still have the option to designate direct deposit or to receive a paper check on their income tax return instead of a debit card.
According to the agency, the refund is delivered electronically to a unique prepaid debit card account created for the taxpayer. They say it is a better option for taxpayers who do not have a traditional bank account.