Tax refund check from California state bounces…
I attempted to deposit my $29 tax refund check from the state of California in my bank account this week.
I had filed my taxes on the late side, which I think must have been compounded by the state budget issues, so I didn’t get the check until last week.
So I deposited the check right away.
For a young journalist like myself, $29 isn’t something to sneeze at. (That’s almost a tank of gas!)
But for one of the most powerful states in the union, even when you take the budget crisis into account, $29 should be short change. Right?
So imagine my surprise when I learned that the check had bounced. Not only was the $29 gone, but I had been hit with a bounced check fee as well!
To give the state some credit, I realized after the fact that I had not read the fine print on the check warning me not to deposit it until October…
But come on, does the state really not have $29 in its bank account?