September 18, 2021


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Road Island Mails tax refund check signed by Mickey Mouse

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More than 150 Rhode Island people accidentally received tax refund checks signed by someone other than Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney than their state officials.

According to CNN, the misprinted signatures were on 176 tax return checks. The error was the result of a technical complication in the printing system of the state tax department. The state news station WPRI reported that the names used in the dummy checks for internal testing were Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney. Jade Burgeson, head of Rhode Island’s revenue department, told CNN that the test-image files were incorrectly used in the original checks.

Rhode Island State Treasurer Seth Magazine and State Controller Peter Keenan should have signed the checks. Mickey Mouse’s name was printed in a photo posted online on NBC10WJR where the magazine was supposed to be and Disney bought Kennon’s place.

176 tax return checks were mostly corporate tax refunds and were mailed to taxpayers on Monday. Misprinted checks were mostly related to business taxes such as sales tax, corporate refunds and tax credit refunds. After they were mailed out by mistake, the checks were removed and can no longer be credited.

Replacement checks with proper signatures will be sent to the affected taxpayers within a week.

“The department continues to actively contact the affected taxpayers to remedy the error, and apologizes for any inconvenience caused by the error,” Borgeson told CNN. The Rhode Island tax department said anyone who received a wrong check should contact the revenue department.

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