Kicker – Mickey Mouse tax refunds

NICK EICHER, HOST: Some taxpayers in Rhode Island who expected state refund checks this year received them. 

Just not in the way they expected.

Now, the amounts were all correct.

The problem was a very small error that made a very big difference: the signature was incorrect and banks wouldn’t accept the checks.

Instead of the official signatures of the general treasurer and state controller, you’re wondering whose signature was on these checks, right?

Here’s a hint:

MICKEY MOUSE: Hi everybody! Say, you want to come inside my clubhouse?

Mickey Mouse—his signature was on some checks—and his boss Walt Disney was on others.

Apparently the tax division of the state Revenue Department uses the signatures of Walt and Mickey on dummy checks for testing purposes. 

But somehow, the signatures mistakenly made their way onto some actual taxpayer checks: 176 of them, to be exact. 

The department of revenue apologized for the error and said affected taxpayers should receive corrected checks within a week.

MICKEY MOUSE: Well alright!

It’s The World and Everything in It.

(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Mickey Mouse waves to members of the media at the Disney Legends press line during the 2019 D23 Expo, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. 

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