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Financial Literacy Month 2015: The Case For Reducing Your Tax Refund

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Wednesday – April 22, 2015

Financial Literacy Month 2015
The Case For Reducing Your Tax Refund
By Donell Edwards

In her article for MarketWatch, Tax Columnist Eva Rosenberg makes a very strong case for individuals to reduce their tax refund.  We have taken this position in this blog from our inception over a year ago.  However, it is great to have our position validated by a professional tax expert like Ms. Rosenberg.

Ms. Rosenberg cites the following 10 advantages to reducing your tax refund:


1.     You don’t have to wait for the IRS to release your money …

2.     You don’t have to file your tax return in order to get your refund

3.     You don’t have to get suckered by some unscrupulous tax preparer …

4.     You improve your credit and your credit score by …

5.     In a real emergency you can …

6.     You can use the money to pay monthly bills that you …

7.     When you do get ready to file your tax return, you can reduce your total tax liability by …

8.     You might even choose to fund a …

9.     If your refund or your spouse’s refund is routinely grabbed by the IRS for back taxes, child support, student loans, etc., you won’t have to …

10.   Not getting a large refund is extremely patriotic. After all …


Ms. Rosenburg also discusses the risk of identity theft related to income tax returns and learning the art of saving in her article.  We strongly encourage you to read the full article, just click here.  Also, watch the video below, “Why You Don’t Want A Large Tax Refund.”



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