(Information on the government issued tax refund debit card and Chrysler's plans to revamp the minivan updated in today's Hot Trends article.)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- "Tax refunds" is a popular search topic after the U.S. Treasury Department launched a pilot program that will give low-income taxpayers a chance to get their federal tax refunds on prepaid debit cards.

"This pilot program will provide low- and moderate-income Americans with a low-cost option for faster delivery of their federal tax refund," Treasury deputy secretary Neal Wolin said. "This innovative card can be used for everyday financial transactions, such as receiving wages by direct deposit, withdrawing cash, making purchases, paying bills and building savings safely and conveniently, giving users more control over their financial futures."

The Treasury is mailing out 600,000 letters to households nationwide this week, offering to put their tax refunds directly on a prepaid debit card from Visa ( V).


"Minivans" is a trending search topic on the Internet today after Chrysler management said it is rethinking the future of the minivan vehicle.

"We need to completely rethink the minivan," CEO Sergio Marchionne told the Associated Press on Tuesday. "We need to retain all its functionality but make it much more versatile."

Marchionne said the automaker is working on a new minivan frame that would allow the vehicle to carry the same number of passengers but wouldn't look like a traditional minivan. The new model is expected to come out in 2013 or 2014.


Goldman Sachs ( GS) is a trending search topic today after the company reported that its 2010 earnings dropped 61% from 2009.

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