Tax refund system

  • US 7,177,829 B1
  • Filed: 07/16/1999
  • Issued: 02/13/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/16/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method of providing at least a portion of an income tax refund amount to a taxpayer through a spending vehicle, comprising:

  • arranging, among an electronic tax preparation system and a third party spending vehicle provider, to offer at least one spending vehicle to said taxpayer, said spending vehicle redeemable only at a retailer designated by the arrangement;

    preparing a tax return by or for said taxpayer using said electronic tax preparation system;

    obtaining tax return data from said electronic tax preparation system, said tax return data comprising an anticipated income tax refund amount from said taxing authority payable to said taxpayer;

    selecting by said taxpayer said at least one spending vehicle from a plurality of spending vehicles offered by said third party spending vehicle provider;

    executing at the time of preparation of said tax return using said electronic tax preparation system an agreement related to said spending vehicle in which said taxpayer agrees to assign at least a portion of said income tax refund amount to said third party spending vehicle provider and said third party spending vehicle provider agrees to accept said assignment and provide said selected spending vehicle to said taxpayer and to accept an associated risk for non-payment of said portion of said income tax refund, wherein said agreement does not involve issuing a loan or credit to said taxpayer and wherein said taxpayer and said spending vehicle provider obligations occur upon submission of said tax return to said taxing authority;

    transferring electronically said at least a portion of said income tax refund amount to an account for said third party spending vehicle provider; and

    issuing said selected spending vehicle to said taxpayer, said selected spending vehicle having a prepaid value greater than said assigned at least a portion of said tax refund and said taxpayer redeems said selected spending vehicle at said designated retailer to purchase products or services.

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