Refundo to Return Tax Refunds in Bitcoin

Thanks to a recent partnership with BitPay, clients of tax innovator Refundo can now receivetax refunds in bitcoin.

Taxpayers in the U.S. can opt to receive any portion of their federal and state tax refund back in bitcoin (BTC). Crypto refunds are made through CoinRT, Refundo’s new product that leverages Bitpay’s Payouts.


When a taxpayer submits their wallet address, Refundo will issue them unique account and routing numbers to include on their tax return. After the taxpayer passes KYC, Bitpay will transfer the IRS-issued refund to the client’s wallet.

Bitcoin is a good fit for Refundo, whose target market is underbanked populations, because it facilitates fast transaction times with low fees. It also fits well with Refundo’s other product offerings, including refund advances, refund transfers, and the ability to allow clients to pay for their tax preparation services with their refund.

“Refundo offers several options to help taxpayers receive their tax refunds safer, faster and more conveniently,” said Roger Chinchilla, Refundo CEO. “Adding Bitcoin was a natural fit for our customers who often do not have traditional checking accounts, pay high check cashing fees, and regularly send money internationally. CoinRT enables them to get Bitcoin quickly and easily for one flat fee.”

This isn’t the first crypto tie-up for tax preparers. Earnst & Young and TurboTax both prepare tax claims on clients’ crytocurrency holdings.

Founded in 2011, New Jersey-based Refundo demonstrated its mobile app at FinovateSpring 2013. The app helps independent tax preparers compete with online software by offering a convenient way for clients to submit their tax information.

In addition to today’s partnership with BitPay, Refundo is also teamed up with Stripe for credit card acceptance, and fellow Finovate alum LendUp, which provides short term loans to clients while they wait on their refunds.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Refundo to Return Tax Refunds in Bitcoin.
  • Klarna Brings its Alt Payment Options to Brick and Mortar Retail Shoppers.

Around the web

  • Kony and Micronotes team up to bring Micronotes’ personalized conversation solution to banks using Kony DBX.
  • SecureKey’s Verified.Me identity verification solution is now available for consumers of CIBC, Desjardins, RBC, Scotiabank and TD across Canada.
  • Fenergo working with Bahrain’s Electronic Network for Financial Transactions to design and implement a KYC solution that incorporates blockchain technology.
  • NIIT Technologies’ AdvantageGo launches Underwriting, a solution that consolidates and provides all underwriting functions into a single platform.
  • GreatHorn awarded U.S. patent for new email impersonation detection method.
  • Onfido, Alphapoint earn spots in the inaugural cohort of cross-border regulatory sandbox, Global Financial Innovation Network (GFIN).
  • Envestnet unveils new suite of analytical tools for financial advisors, Envestnet Advisor Analytics.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Refundo Previews Mobile Tax Filing App Connect

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Coming soon to both Android and iOS, Connect from Refundo will make it easier for taxpayers to file returns with their tax preparers. The new mobile app is designed to help tax professionals reach more customers, as well as reduce wait times for in-office clients.

Refundo_Connect_images“The beauty of this mobile application is that it will be yours,” Refundo Analytics, Growth and Product Hacker Jesse Arroyave wrote on the company blog. “Customize the app with your brand’s color, your logo and a brief description of what you can do for taxpayers.” Arroyave says mobile apps like Connect typically exceed 10 million downloads during tax season, and cautioned that too many smaller FIs were still missing out on the action.

“I’m just tired of small tax offices, who compete and work just as hard as bigger companies, not seeing the bigger picture,” Arroyave said. “Here’s an opportunity to compete and grab a piece of that pie you deserve.”

Launched in 2011 with a focus on helping low- and moderate-income households access quality financial services, Refundo followed its debut at FinovateSpring 2013 with a partnership with Stripe to enable tax preparers to accept credit-card payments via the Refundo Dashboard, and with a collaboration with fellow Finovate alum LendUp to provide short-term loans to taxpayers waiting for refunds. The company, which is headquartered in Elizabeth, New Jersey, won the Innovative Technology Company of the Year award from the New Jersey Tech Council last year. Refundo’s products include the Dashboard tax-refund-processing platform; a refund anticipation loan (RAL) alternative called NOW; and their audit-advisory service, Audit Pros. Roger Chinchilla is CEO.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Refundo Previews Mobile Tax Filing App Connect

Around the web

  • Entersekt to bring its 2FA technology, Transakt, to Nigeria via partnership with First Authentication Services Ltd (FASL).
  • Inc.com features Stuart Frankel of Narrative Science on the “keys to startup success.”
  • Experian launches anti-fraud platform, CrossCore, in South Africa.
  • True Potential opens up its portfolios to all U.K. advisers.
  • Corporate Insight features iQuantifi in a look at best practices in goal-setting apps.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News– February 4, 2014

  • Finovate-F-Logo.jpgNous makes it to the finals of UK’s Million Pound Startup competition. Check them out at FinovateEurope in London.
  • Luminous partners with Jack Henry & Associates. Come see them both at FinovateEurope next week.
  • Pindrop Security achieves record growth in 2013 fueled by rising phone-based fraud.
  • Sun Hearlad features Finovera as a new site to help manage personal finances.
  • In yet another partnership, Refundo partners with Stripe to process payments for tax preparers.
  • CNB Texas launches responsive design website from Banno for greater cross-sell potential.
  • Top-Five U.S. Bank makes million dollar investment in software licenses for Kofax’s Mobile Capture. Come see Kofax’s live demo at FinovateEurope.
  • VentureBeat lists TransferWise among London’s hottest startups.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News — January 8, 2014

  • Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgMerchant Maverick calls Flint Mobile “the perfect service for low-volume merchants.”
  • LendUp and Refundo team up to provide short-term loans for underbanked taxpayers waiting for refunds.
  • Manilla launches Bill Share to make managing family finances easier.
  • CurrencyFair unveils their new website.
  • The Seattle Times joins doxo to simplify bill delivery and payment for subscribers.
  • Dynamics ePlate Visa Card adds 50th rewards partner.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News — May 29, 2013

  • FinovateLOGO.jpgPaymentsSource talks with Noam Inbar, VP for product development for Zooz.
  • OneID takes a look at the “security theater” of Twitter’s two-factor authentication.
  • TSYS renews payment processing arrangement with Nationwide Building Society.
  • Pizza Marketplace interviews Leaf director of sales Alex MacKenzie on mobile marketing.
  • MIT Technology Review features OpenCoin.
  • Waspit to release new UX & mobile Apps in August to coincide with the new academic year.
  • TIO Networks partners with the State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services and payment processor Paymentus to help customers make child support payments.
  • Virtual Piggy partners with ClickandBuy to Increase Customer Signups, Conversions, and Sales.
  • Mitek receives patent for signature verification and fraud detection.
  • Christian Lanng, TradeShift CEO, takes on the position of Chairman alongside the responsibilities of CEO.
  • CU Times highlights Moven, Micronotes, GoBank, Refundo, AuthenticID, MoneyDesktop, Mint, FIS, Escardgo, and GoNow as noteworthy demos at FinovateSpring 2013.
  • Silicon Prairie News features Banno and EyeVerify demos at FinovateSpring.
  • Check (formerly Pageonce) and Lending Club are among the emerging financial services companies highlighted in Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report.
  • SaveUp helps credit union members save more than $400 million.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

FinovateSpring 2013 in the Press

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Last week’s FinovateSpring 2013 received great coverage through blogs, tweets and articles. Here are the highlights:

Full conference live blogs

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Three contributors risked carpel tunnel to cover all 72 demos. Thanks to Erin McCune and William Mills III and Phillip Ryan for going the extra mile!

Bank Innovation
by Phillip Ryan
FinovateSpring recap and ratings
Day one morning recap
Day one afternoon recap
Day two morning recap
Day two afternoon recap

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Live Blogging Finovate Spring 2013 San Francisco
by Erin McCune 
William Mills blog
Live Blog: FinovateSpring 2013 San Francisco by William Mills III-DAY ONE
by William Mills III
Other coverage
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Affluent Strategies
What About the Overbanked?
by JP Nicols

American Banker
5 Most Intriguing Companies at Finovate
by Sean Sposito
Bank Security Top Focus at Finovate
Banno Launches Data-Analytics Marketing Feature
by Sean Sposito
Crowdfunding Startups Pose New Competition to Commercial Lenders
by Sean Sposito
EyeVerify Rolls Out Authentication Service for Mobile Banking
by Brian Browdie

GoBank to Go Live on the Fourth of July
by Sean Sposito
The Buzz at Finovate: New Security Tech
by Sean Sposito
Bank Marketing Strategy
Musings of a Finovate Virgin
by Jim Marous
Bank Systems & Technology
Digital Marketing Solutions Stand Front and Center at Finovate Spring
by Jonathan Camhi
Banking 2020
FI Spotlight: USAlliance FCU Sees Cross-Selling Success
Barron’s
Algorithms for the Masses
by Theresa W. Carey 
Bloomberg Businessweek
Kabbage Expands Its Cash Advances to Brick-and-Mortars
by Patrick Clark

Celent
How to give a killer Finovate presentation
by Dan Latimore

Credit Union Magazine
Finovate Unveils Best of Show Winners

Finovate Highlights Industry’s Best and Brightest
by Steve Rodgers
Look into the Future of Finance
by Steve Rodgers
Scenes from FinovateSpring 2013
by Steve Rodgers

Credit Union Times
5 Things You Don’t Know Because You Weren’t at Finovate
by Robert McGarvey
Onsite Coverage: Finovate Crowns the Winners
by Robert McGarvey
Onsite Coverage: New Security Tools Take Finovate Stage in Numbers
by Robert McGarvey
Onsite Coverage: No Clear Winners at Finovate Day 2
by Robert McGarvey
Threat of the Week: DDoS Back at You
by Robert McGarvey
Tomorrow’s Ideas Spark Interest But Fail to Excite
by Robert McGarvey
Des Moines Register
Banno launches marketing product for banks
by Marco Santana
Ecommerce Bytes
ZooZ Lets Mobile Shoppers Tap an Ad to Buy
By Ina Steiner 
FamZoo blog
My Finovate Scorecard Winners Plus Snarky Tweet Highlights
by Bill Dwight
Spend Money Like a Pop Star…Or Not: FamZoo’s FinovateSpring 2013 Demo
by Bill Dwight
Filene blog
Filene Five: Promising Products from Finovate
The Financial Brand
7 Reasons to Love GoBank
by Jim Marous
Finews.ch
Neues aus der Finanzwelt der Zukunft
Finextra
Banno unveils marketing tool Kernel
Forrester blog
FinovateSpring Fling 2013: Another Year of Dazzling Financial Services Delight!
by Tiffani Montez
Hotwire blog
Innovations inspire at Finovate Spring 2013
by Annette Leach
IntelliResponse blog
IntelliResponse Takes Center Stage at Finovate Spring 2013
by Dwayne Weppler 
Investment News
Quantopian launches trading platform pilot program
by Davis D. Janowski
Kabbage blog
Kabbage and Intuit Partner to Fund Small Businesses!
Lisa LaMagna’s Slideshare
Finovate SF in 60 Seconds
by Lisa LaMagna
MainStreet
Kabbage Expands Small-Business Financing
by Laurie Kulikowski
Man in Ranks blog
I attended Finovate Spring in San Francisco
by Christopher Perrien
Intuit
by Christopher Perrien
Newfination
Finovate Spring 2013: Expensify Is At The Forefront Of Innovation In Business Expense Management
Finovate Spring 2013: On Finovera You Can Store Your Bills, Statements, And Financial Documents
Finovate Spring 2013: GoBank Is A New Finance Bank That Enables Smart Personal Money Management
Finovate Spring 2013: GoodApril Helps You With Your Taxes All Year Round
Finovate Spring 2013: In San Francisco At The Center Of The New Finance World
Finovate Spring 2013: Kabbage Approves And Lends Money To Small Businesses in 7 Minutes or Less
Finovate Spring 2013: Leaf.me Is A Multiprocessor Payment Platform For Merchants
Finovate Spring 2013: Prestadero Is A Mexican Peer To Peer Lending Marketplace
Finovate Spring 2013: Realty Mogul Is A Crowdfunding Platform For Real Estate Investing
Finovate Spring 2013: Refundo’s App Is For The Under and Unbanked
Finovate Spring 2013: Start A Trust Fund For Each Of Your Kids At TrustEgg
Finovate Spring 2013: Virtual Piggy Is A Safe Payments System For Your Kids to Spend their Allowance
Finovate Spring 2013: Walla.by Is A Full Service Credit Card Advisor
Newsday
Banking Up Launches at FinovateSpring, Lets Any Business Offer Customers a Trusted Alternative to Traditional Banking
PandoDaily
Finovate: Quantopian debuts live data trading for consumer quants
by Michael Carney
Pymnts.com
A VC’s Inside Look At FinovateSpring 2013
by Dan Rosen
GoBank Announces Timing of General Availability and National Distribution Relationships at FinovateSpring
Kabbage Extends Loan Services To Offline SMBs
TipRanks Wins Best of Show Award at Finovate
TransCard Congratulates FamZoo, Winner of One of Five 2013 FinovateSpring Best of Show Awards
The Paypers
InvoiceASAP, Zebra Technologies
partner for mobile invoicing solution
Refundo blog
FinovateSpring 2013 Trip – Demo Day
by Michael de Senna
SF Gate
ZooZ Previews “In-Ad Payments”™ at Finovate Spring
Silicon Prairie
Onstage at Finovate, Banno unveils ad platform for banks
by Danny Schreiber
Watch EyeVerify, Banno demo their wares at bank tech event Finovate
by Fred Bauters
TechCrunch
Mobile Payments Startup ZooZ Debuts In-Ad Payments (Yes, “Ad” Not “App”)
by Sarah Perez
VentureBeat
Expensify takes on Freshbooks with invoicing & billing features
by Sean Ludwig
Kabbage expands its loans business, now supports Quickbooks
by Christina Farr
Y Combinator Blog
LendUp (YC W12) wins Finovate 2013 Best in Show for consumer loan platform to help the underbanked build credit
We’ll continue to add coverage throughout the next few weeks. If you have FinovateSpring press coverage you would like to add, please email the link to julie@finovate.com.

Refundo Launches Mobile App

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This is a part of our live coverage of FinovateSpring 2013.
Next up this afternoon, Refundo launched its mobile app:

“Refundo’s Mobile App creates an opportunity to transition millions of underbanked and unbanked households into the financial mainstream by enabling them to open an FDIC-insured bank account using just a smartphone. 

The Mobile App features account balance, debit MasterCard, transaction history, and a network of tens of thousands of ATMs and deposit locations across the U.S., and more. From the beginning, the Mobile App was designed to deliver the best user experience, security, and convenience in mobile banking.”

Product Launch: May 2013
HQ: Elizabeth, NJ
Founded: June 2011
Website: refundo.com
Twitter: @refundo
Presenting Roger Chinchilla (CEO)

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FinovateSpring 2013 Sneak Peek: Part 3

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This is the third part in our continuing Sneak Peek series that gives a glimpse into what each company will demo live on stage at FinovateSpring.

Don’t miss part 1 and part 2 published earlier this month. 

See the full demos live at FinovateSpring next month. Get your ticket here

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Better ATM Services’ groundbreaking technology enables ATMs to dispense new, flexible prepaid cards just like cash, opening the world’s fleet of 2.3 million ATMs to the prepaidBetterATMLogo.jpg marketplace.

Features:

    • Visa and others are adopting this new distribution channel
    • Consumers love the 24/7 convenience of ATMs for prepaids
Why it’s great: Financial institutions can recapture 50%+ of customers now going elsewhere for prepaids, increasing their share of the $549 billion prepaid market.

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Bright Funds is a solution for effective charitable giving management, combining the sophistication of investing with the intuitive, engaging experience of modern web services.
Features:
    • The Bright Funds Charitable Giving Portfolio
    • The Bright Funds Impact Timeline
    • Bright Funds Public Profiles for Giving
Why it’s great: Bright Funds brings an investment approach to charitable giving.

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FamZoo’s online family banking system helps parents teach kids good money habits.
Features:
    • Family pack of affordable, widely accepted prepaid cards
    • Integrated family finance tools build good habits
    • Co-branded option delivers targeted offers
Why it’s great: FamZoo solves the “kids and money” problem for parents: prepaid cards that work together, not alone.

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Intuit delivers banking software and technology solutions for financial institutions.
Features:
    • Gives banks better insight to serve customers
    • Blurs lines between PFM/banking 
    • Learn what Mint has in store for personal business
Why it’s great: Intuit now offers the best PFM solution for all users – whether it is through Mint.com or financial institutions.

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LeapScore is financial advice for the rest of us.
Features:
    • Tailored help and advice for each individual
    • Empowers people to take more control over finances
    • Sets meaningful goals
Why it’s great: a comprehensive score that, for the first time, represents “who” you are financially.

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MicroStrategy provides online banking without usernames or passwords, instant identity validation over the phone: Usher radically changes the way IDs, cards, and keys are issued and carried.
Features:
    • Mobile phone-based digital credentials
    • Multi-factor verification including voiceprints
    • Secure out-of-band authentication
Why it’s great: Usher: an extraordinary array of identity-management services that reduce fraud, protect identities and improve customer experience.
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MoneyDesktop redefines the way millions of people interact with their finances by developing technologies that drive financial engagement between account holders and financial institutions.
Features:
    • Leverage aggregated PFM user data 
    • Segment and target your user base
    • Increase conversion rates and loan volume
Why it’s great: Insight and Target provide financial institutions with a groundbreaking new way to market and drive adoption of their most valuable services.
OneID eliminates the need for usernames and 

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passwords, while delivering a secure, compliant identity system that’s easy for your customers to use.

Features:
    • Secure, one-click login with no password
    • Customizable two-factor authentication
    • Easy cross-selling with automatic form-fill
Why it’s great: Convenience of one-click login. Security of public key cryptography. Flexibility to meet financial institutions’
needs. Identity as it should be.

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Quantopian is the world’s only browser-based algorithmic trading platform, democratizing finance by reducing barriers to entry and providing quants the tools and support needed to profit from their ideas
Feature:
    • Combines historical data, algo simulation, live market data, brokerage integration and algo development into a simple workflow
Why it’s great: Allows quants to put their ideas and algorithms to work and profit from them with the click of a button

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Refundo is designed to revolutionize the way people do banking and extend mainstream banking advantages to underbanked and unbanked communities across the nation.
Features:
    • Open an FDIC-insured bank account in seconds using your smartphone. 
    • Send money to your friends and family quickly and securely.
Why it’s great: Finally a new way to manage your money. And by new, we mean better.


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Yandex.Money’s Twym is a quick and convenient way to send money via Twitter.
Features:
    • Easy-to-use interface for collecting money
    • You don’t have to leave Twitter
    • Other users can repeat payments in one click
Why it’s great: Twym makes transferring money simple and fun.

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Yseop’s artificial intelligence software writes just like a human being, but at a speed of over a thousand pages per second and in multiple languages.
Feature:
    • Yseop boosts the productivity of your business teams by automating the delivery of best practices and personalized expertise.
Why it’s great: Yseop creates a new age where financial services delivered to customers are driven by artificial intelligence and human collaboration.
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