I, like some of the other people on here that I am noticing reports from filed my taxes with Turbo Tax. I have used them for the last 3 years and I have always had a good experience and I love saving money!
This year it gave the option of getting your refund deposited onto a Netspend Prepaid debit card. I thought this was a good idea because it meant getting my money sooner. I filed my taxes on Jan 31st, I received my Netspend card about 9 days later. I activated the card and everything was good to go! on Febuary 28th my refund was deposited onto the card. A little under 8000 dollars was deposited! Yay!
First thing I did was pay off a student loan that I had been wanting to pay off for a while. So I made an over the phone payment to the U.S goverment in the amount of 440 dollars and then headed off to Super Target to get the kids some bikes. 2 of the kids found what they were looking for so we made the purchase, around 300 dollars. Then off to Toys R Us my daughter found a bike she loved. She rode it around the store and then up to the checkstand. We swiped to the card, DECLINED! what??? this must be some mistake I thought... there's 7 grand on there! So I call Netspend and the man tells me that the "Security Department" has put a hold on my card due to some suspiciaous spending. What suspicious spending? Was it the payment I made to the goverment or was it Super target 3 miles from my home? Ok... So I am thinking I will verify the transactions and be on my way. NOT! He tells me that I need to send in my Social Security Card, a State Issued picture ID, and a piece of mail that is less than 30 days old. I am pretty upset at this point! This is ridiculous! I ask him so once I send this in when am I going to have access to MY money?? His response was " Well.... It's Friday and they close at 4:30 P.M Central Standard Time and they won't open until Monday at 8:00 AM AND then once they start processing it will take 24 to 72 hours to lift the hold" WTF!?!?!? OHH!! I am PISSED now!!! Who the hell are these people to cut me off from MY OWN d**n money?! So I leave the store with my daughter in tears because we can't purchase the bike.
I do not feel comfortable faxing in my SSN so I check to SSA's website where it does state that no one should ask you for your SS card as a form of identification. I faxed in every thing they asked for except the Social Security Card. I then called and spoke with someone in the "security" department and told her how I felt. Her response was " Too bad. It's required and if you don't send it in then we will just send your tax return back to the IRS" I then asked to speak to a supervisor or a manager and I was told that he was out of the office. I spoke with a lawyer who told me that he could file an "Injunction" and although it would take about a week it would be a court order and it would force them to release the funds. He told me that most likely if they are doing this to a lot of people ( WHICH THEY ARE!) it's most likely because of the interest they gain from money in their possesion! It makes sense right!? Think about it! Anyways... My lawyer said this would be a great time for a class action suite against these crooks! Anyone with me?