Lupardo Pushes for Change in Tax Rebate Delivery

Published 01/29 2014 04:20PM

Updated 01/29 2014 05:11PM

New York State may soon have a new way of delivering tax rebates. Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and State Senator George Latimer have pushed for the change, which would deliver money to taxpayers through a tax credit that people can claim when filing their income taxes instead of a tax rebate check that comes in the mail.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed making that change in next fiscal year's budget. Middle class families with children are eligible for a $350 Family Tax Relief Credit. In the past, rebate checks have been mailed out to people around election time, which some people call a shameless grab by some law makers to secure votes.

"We found out that the tax credit would be arriving in a rebate check right before the election. Senator Latimer and I filed legislation that would basically mandate that it be done at tax time and not received as a check," said Lupardo. "So, while people will be receiving a check this year, going forward they'll be able to get the credit on their tax return, saving the taxpayers millions of dollars."

The cost to send rebate checks to people was costing the state about $2 million.

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