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Flood of dividend applications include errors, fraud

...ineligible applicants have sought dividends, according the Department of Revenue's Dividend Division.That's OK, said Debbie Bitney, director of the division."We encourage everyone to apply so we can determine their eligibility," she said...
PFDs given, then taken away

...dollars.This week, they're reaching into some of their bank accounts and taking parts of it back.Division Director Debbie Bitney said they overpaid about 5,500 dividend recipients who should have had some or all of their dividends taken for unpaid...
Children are owners of own PFD checks

...Permanent Fund Dividend Division office because my daughter, who just turned 18 in June, wanted her check. I contacted Debbie Bitney from the division office to learn the check was issued to my child, now an adult, in her name, and that she was...
Alaska dividend applicants increase

...times the increase in state's population. So far, no one can explain this trend. Permanent Fund Division director Debbie Bitney said one factor could be the recent increase in the size of the pay-outs, prompting eligible Alaskans who had not...
PFD applicants, state, banks struggle to sort out overpayments PFDs from bank accounts and stopping payments on 1,900 paper dividend checks that were sent, said Debbie Bitney, director of the Permanent Fund Dividend Division.The division is part of the state's Department of Revenue...
PFD applications book shrinking to save the state money child application. The booklet will list 270 places to get more applications. Permanent Fund Division director Debbie Bitney said the state runs up a huge postage bill every year to mail a full application booklet that most people trash. She...
Dividend filing deadline brings rush of applicants

...since adopted technology in a big way. "Eighty percent of applications now come through the online system," said Debbie Bitney, director of the division. That's something the state has encouraged as a cost-saving measure, but Alaska non-profits...
Permanent fund ends year of depletion, turmoil

...Juneau Empire estimate of the number of dividend applications likely to be approved. Permanent Fund Dividend Director Debbie Bitney said there are more than 657,000 applications this year, and typically 95 percent of them are found to be valid...
2010 PFD: $1,281

...measure, and previously waited to mail out checks, providing an incentive to use direct deposit. Division Director Debbie Bitney said that delay was forced by equipment limitations as well, but new equipment allows all dividends, electronic and...
Legislature weighs dividends for the dead

...somehow determine the intent of the deceased. "If you can do that, aren't you in the wrong line of work," he asked Debbie Bitney, director of the PFD division. Meyer's proposal unanimously passed in the Alaska Senate last year and is now being...


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