Welcome to the Tax Center

Tax season is here. Get ready to prepare your tax return with the information below. And don’t forget, you can get your tax refund fast when you direct deposit it to your Green Dot account

Fast - No waiting for a check in the mail

Easy - Just include your account info on your tax form

Secure - Don’t risk a lost check

Fast - No waiting for a check in the mail

Easy - Just include your account info on your tax form

Secure - Don’t risk a lost check

  • Before you file
  • Protect your refund
  • How to file
  • Important dates
  • After you file

Gather what you need to file as early as possible

  • Full name (the name on your tax forms must match the name on your Green Dot debit card)
  • Date of birth and Social Security number (for yourself and anyone included on your tax return)
  • W-2 forms
  • Text DDinfo to 37267 or log in to your account to get your direct deposit account number and bank routing number
  • Explore any tax credits or deductions you can claim. Visit https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions-for-individuals3
  • Childcare records (including the provider’s tax ID number (if applicable)
  • Form 8332 showing that the child’s custodial parent is releasing their right to claim a child to you, the non-custodial parent (if applicable)
  • Form 1098-T from educational institutions (if applicable)
  • Receipts that itemize qualified educational expenses (if applicable)
  • Records of any scholarships or fellowships received (if applicable)

Protect yourself from fraud

Create an Identity Protection PIN with the IRS

An Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) prevents anyone else from filing a return using your name or Social Security number. Visit https://www.irs.gov/identity-theft-fraud-scams/get-an-identity-protection-pin3 to get an IP PIN

Learn more about how to protect your Green Dot account
See our tips on fraud prevention
If you suspect identity theft, report it now

How to direct deposit your federal and state tax refund

Setting up direct deposit is easy! 

Text DDinfo to 37267 or log in to your account to get your direct deposit account and bank routing number

Enter your routing and account numbers on your tax forms
Mark “Checking” on your tax form. Be sure the name on your tax forms matches the name on your Green Dot debit card

File your return
Green Dot does not receive information on the status of your tax refund. For federal tax refund status, call the IRS Refund Hotline (800) 829-1954 or visit IRS.gov. For state tax refund status, visit irs.gov/tax-professionals/government-sites.3

Please check back for important dates as that information becomes available.

After you file...

Track your refund

Get status on your federal tax refund at: https://www.irs.gov/refunds3 or call (800) 829-1954. 

Get status on your state tax refund at: irs.gov/tax-professionals/government-sites.3

Get notified with a text or email when your refund hits your account
Log in to the Green Dot app. Go to Transactions to check if direct deposit was received. Go to Settings, then Notifications. Select the method of notification for Direct Deposit Posted. Message and data rates may apply. 

Make plans for your refund

Pay bills automatically in the app1

Online bill pay is convenient, saves you time and keeps your finances organized! There’s no need to log into multiple websites. That’s convenience!

Send money to another Green Dot account1

Conveniently send money to anyone in the U.S. who has a Green Dot account. It’s easy! And your friends will receive the money quickly.

Set aside money with Money Vault!2

Easily stash away money for an emergency fund, a special purchase or to have for a rainy day. 

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