SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Many Californians are reporting that scammers drained their inflation relief debit cards before they could use the money. What’s worse? They’re now finding out they may have to pay income taxes on the money they never received.
The state gave out these Middle Class Tax Refunds to offset high inflation and gas prices. Now, some say they would’ve been better off without the payments in the first place.
“It would be adding insult to injury,” Tom Koerber of San Rafael said. He got a $700 Middle Class Tax Refund loaded on a debit card, but scammers got it before he could use it.