Tax Refunds

Death and Taxes

What is a Tax Refund?

A tax refund is a return of the excess tax an individual pays to the government over a calendar year. It is estimated that nearly 8 out of 10 tax filers get a refund.

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Best Ways to Spend a Tax Refund

  • Save for Emergencies

    You can start off by adding to an emergency fund. This will come in handy when you’re faced with a sudden difficulty like a job loss or a car accident that could really jeopardize your financial situation. Experts believe that an emergency fund should have about six to eight month’s worth of savings.

  • Pay off Debt

    The best thing you can do is to pay off any high-interest debt. Also to pay off student loans, car loans, and credit card debt. This can save you hundreds of dollars in future finance charges.

  • Save for Retirement

    Contribute to an IRA or use the tax refund as an opportunity to start one.

  • Save for College

    Another option is to put the money towards a 529 College Savings Plan to invest money with tax-free growth for educational expenses.

  • Invest it

    You can invest in either yourself, by furthering your education, or in stocks and bonds. Investing provides a good opportunity to potentially earn more money in the future.

  • Travel

    Collect memories, not things. Experiences are much more valuable in the long-term than possessions.

  • Donate it

    Give to your favorite charity or cause. Not only is it tax deductible, but also a great opportunity to give back.

    No matter how big or small the amount you get back, it’s always important to spend it wisely.

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Fun Facts:

  • Taxpayers in Connecticut, Nevada and Texas receive the highest average federal tax refunds.
  • The smallest refunds go to taxpayers in Montana, Maine, Vermont and North Dakota.
  • Many people put off doing their taxes until the last moment. Roughly 1/3 of American’s file their returns two weeks before they are due.
  • The chance of being audited by the IRS is less than 1%.

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