Nearly 200 Rhode Islanders received tax refund checks signed by Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney in printing error

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Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse did not sign tax checks for Rhode Islanders.


  • Nearly 200 Rhode Islanders received tax return checks that appeared to be signed by Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse.

  • The signatures were made out of a technical error, the state Department of Revenue told outlets.

  • Corrected checks will be mailed this week.

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Rhode Island residents were surprised when some tax return checks arrived bearing the signatures of Walt Disney and the nation's favorite mouse, Mickey.

The state's Department of Revenue told NBC 10 that a technical error is responsible for the checks, which should have had the signatures of Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner and State Controller Peter Keenan.

"As a result of a technical error in the Division of Taxation's automated refund check printing system, approximately 176 checks with invalid signature lines were printed and mailed to taxpayers on Monday 7/27/2020," Jade Borgeson, chief of staff for the Department of Revenue, told the outlet.

The signature lines on the error checks were mistakenly pulled from the test print files in the department's computer system, according to Borgeson.

The checks were related to business taxes, and included sales, corporate, and tax credit refunds, the Providence Journal reported. Corrected checks will be mailed within a week.

Taxpayers who received a misprinted check can reach the Department of Revenue by phone at 401-574-8829, option 3, or by email at

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