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Financial Literacy Month 2015
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 this is the opinion of most money managers and there is overwhelming support for following this advice, there are some who feel that getting a tax refund is not such a bad thing.


USA Today Tax Refund Video

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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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