About Donell Edwards: Donell Edwards is President of CWR Media and is also founder and publisher of The College World Reporter (CWR) magazine and CWR World News & Information Service. He is also a professional speaker, freelance writer, and entrepreneur.
Know Your Money
Thursday – April 3, 2014
Special: The Tax Adjustment Danger Zone – Part 2
Why Most Money Management Experts Say Getting A Tax Refund Is Bad
By Donell Edwards
About 75% of U.S. taxpayers get a tax refund each year, and the average tax refund is $3,000. Most people see their tax refunds as “free money,” or at least a cause for celebration – but most financial experts say that if you’re getting a big tax refund, that’s not entirely a good thing.
The quote above is from Bemjamin Gran in his article, Is Getting A Tax Refund A “Bad Thing?” on Quizzle.com. Mr. Gran is among the majority who hold the view that getting a tax refund is not wise money management. Although there is overwhelming support for following our advice in yesterday’s post, and the advice of most money managers, there are some who feel that getting a tax refund is not such a bad thing.
To provide you with information from both sides of this issue, in addition to providing you with articles supporting our position in today’s blog, we are also providing you with articles from some writers who are in favor of getting a tax refund. We will explain in tomorrow’s blog why these arguments are not valid.
Rather than writing more about our position, we have provide the titles and links to articles for and against getting a tax refund below, and we strongly suggest that you read all of them as well as doing your own research.
The Pros of Getting A Tax Refund:
Five reasons why a big tax refund can be a good idea
Everything You Know About Getting a Tax Refund Is Wrong
The Cons of Getting A Tax Refund:
Getting a tax refund? You’re doing it wrong
This article also includes guidance from HLN money expert Clark Howard on handling your tax refund.
Why Getting a Large Tax Refund is Bad
Admit It—A Refund Feels Good
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