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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