Fannin, D-Jonesboro, complained that legislators had little input on shift from paper checks to debit cards.
“It’s a gimmick in my mind and I’m troubled with the gimmicks,” he said during a meeting of the House Committee on Appropriations.
The switch to the debit cards dominated the state revenue department’s budget presentation during a review of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s $25.5 billion proposed spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1.
Legislators said constituents are flooding them with complaints about the cards.
“They want their check,” state Rep. James Armes, D-Leesville, said of his constituents.
State Rep. Roy Burrell, D-Shreveport, said some taxpayers tossed the cards in the trash because they thought they were a promotional offer from a credit card company.
“I realize more probably could have been done in the area of educating our citizens,” state Department of Revenue Secretary Cynthia Bridges said.
The agency made the transition in December from paper checks to prepaid debit cards, called MyRefund cards, to issue refunds.
There are a few exceptions to the cards.
Income tax filers with refunds topping $6,999 receive checks. Filers also can choose to have their refunds deposited into a bank account.