Rhode Island tax officials mistakenly sent refund checks signed by Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney

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Rhode Island tax officials mistakenly sent refund checks signed by Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney

Earlier this week Rhode Island tax officials mistakenly sent out about 176 tax refund checks signed by Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney, according to state officials.

Rhode Island Department of Revenue chief of staff Jade Borgeson confirmed the refund checks were sent Monday, citing a technical glitch that resulted in the names of Walt Disney & Mickey Mouse.

The Rhode Island Division of Taxation, which is under the Revenue Department, uses “Mickey Mouse” and “Walt Disney” on dummy checks for internal testing, but the test-image files were mistakenly assigned to the real checks and mailed out — resulting in the error, according to a spokesperson.

Typically, checks are signed with the names of General Treasurer Seth Magaziner and State Controller Peter Keenan. Borgeson said the misprinted checks have been voided in their system and cannot be deposited.

“Corrected checks will be reissued to impacted taxpayers within one week,” Borgeson mentioned in his statement.

Borgeson said the division apologizes for any inconvenience the error may have caused, and taxpayers who believe they received the misprinted checks are urged to reach out to the division at tax.assist@tax.ri.gov.

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