iOS app Android app

Tax Refund

Wondering What to Do With That Tax Refund?

Ishani Banerji, Ph.D. | Posted 04.15.2014 | Money
Ishani Banerji, Ph.D.

There seems to be a general belief around this time of the year that if you're getting a refund, then you should spend it on something fun. All the ads urging us to go out and splurge certainly seem to think so. But is that really the case?

Taxpayers Are Losing Refunds Due To Their Parents' Debts

The Washington Post | Posted 04.11.2014 | Business

A few weeks ago, with no notice, the U.S. government intercepted Mary Grice’s tax refunds from both the IRS and the state of Maryland. Grice had no ...

7 Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund Wisely

Jason Alderman | Posted 04.10.2014 | Business
Jason Alderman

If you ordinarily receive large tax refunds, consider withholding less and instead putting the money to work for you, by either saving or investing a comparable amount throughout the year, or using it to pay down debt. Your goal should be to receive little or no refund.

How the Sex and the City Ladies Would Spend Their Refunds

Ko Im | Posted 03.24.2014 | Money
Ko Im

It's almost that time again -- where do you put your hard-earned money from the federal government? What would the SATC women do?

Why You Need to Be Smart About Your Tax Refund (and 8 Ways to Handle Your Refund)

Amandah Blackwell | Posted 03.11.2014 | Money
Amandah Blackwell

Are you excited about filing your taxes? Most people wait until the last minute to file their taxes, but for those who like to get it over and don...

WATCH: Couple Surprised By $54,000 Tax Refund

HuffPost Live | Posted 12.01.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

David and Thelma Ward received a tax season surprise that left even their tax preparer in disbelief: a refund to the tune of $54,000. HuffPost Live ho...

IRS Facing 'Growing Epidemic'

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON, Nov 7 (Reuters) - More Americans' identities were stolen in tax refund crimes in the first six months of 2013 than in all of 2012, said ...

The Curse of Greek Public Sector Authoritarianism

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 08.17.2013 | World
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

In the country's airports and at its cruise terminals, there can be no further room for intolerant officials. They must be held to the highest standards if the country is to achieve the position it hopes to command on the world tourist map.

How Not to Waste Your Tax Refund

SaveUp | Posted 06.10.2013 | Business
SaveUp

Are you receiving a tax refund this year? Here are some tips to help you effectively allocate this money to improve your personal finances!

Here's What You Need To Know About Your Tax Refund

The Huffington Post | Posted 04.06.2013 | Business

It’s pretty much the only good thing about tax season: Your tax refund. After you file your taxes, the government (both state and federal) will i...

What Are You Doing With Your Tax Refund?

Steve Siebold | Posted 06.05.2013 | Business
Steve Siebold

There are so many different theories on what to do with that money. Some people say you should save it or pay off debt, while others will tell you to go out and have fun.

Why We Blow Our Tax Refunds

Robert Pagliarini | Posted 06.04.2013 | Business
Robert Pagliarini

Each year about half the country gets to experience a "sudden wealth" event in the form of a tax refund. While not necessarily a financial windfall for most, this annual occurrence can create some awfully strange and counterproductive behavior.

What Expenses Could the Pilgrims Deduct on Their Tax Return?

Mark Steber | Posted 01.16.2013 | Money
Mark Steber

We all know the story of the first Thanksgiving. But what if the Pilgrims had to concern themselves with filing a federal income tax return as we do today? What would they be able to claim as deductible expenses?

Waitress Receives Nearly Half-Million Dollar Tax Refund Sent By Mistake

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 06.01.2012 | Money

If the government sent you a half-million dollar tax refund by mistake, would you keep it? A waitress at Johnny's Downtown in Cleveland recently fa...

Tax Returns: What Will You Do With Found Money?

Jeanne Kelly | Posted 05.17.2012 | Money
Jeanne Kelly

Many Americans will be getting tax refunds from the government, and tax refunds are "found money" -- money you forgot was yours. It's as if the government lifted up your couch cushions and found a few hundred dollars.

Identity Theft Racks Up Huge Bill For IRS

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 05.08.2012 | Money

In the battle between the Internal Revenue Service and identity thieves, the thieves are winning. In the next five years, the U.S. may issue as muc...

Should You Adjust Your Tax Withholding?

Jason Alderman | Posted 06.25.2012 | Money
Jason Alderman

Your goal should be to receive little or no tax refund next year. Better to use that money throughout the year to pay down credit card balances or other debt, build emergency savings, beef up your retirement plan contributions or invest it.

Healthy Ways To Spend Your Tax Refund

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 04.18.2012 | Healthy Living

Tax day has come and gone -- and now that you've filed (or filed for an extension), hopefully at least some of your financial stress is melting away. ...

Stop Procrastinating: Last Minute Tax Tips

Credit.com | Posted 06.13.2012 | Money
Credit.com

If you're like me, and putting off finishing your taxes until the last minute, you can at least be thankful that we have until April 17th this year to file. I turned to Lisa Greene-Lewis, a CPA and the Turbotax Blog Manager, for advice.

How To Check The Status Of Your Tax Refund

Posted 04.13.2012 | Money

If you're filing your tax return at the last minute, the Internal Revenue Service says you can expect to see your refund in 10 to 21 days if you e-fi...

Catherine New

Someone Else May Have Filed Your Taxes

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 02.13.2014 | Money

Mike Bucalo Jr., 71, has never lived in Miami. He's spent the past 25 years in Akron, Ohio. Yet according to his 2011 tax return filed in January, he ...

The IRS Has A Ton Of Money Waiting For You

Posted 04.12.2012 | Money

Think you don't need to file your tax returns because you don't make enough money? Think again. Even though you may not owe the IRS anything this y...

Put Your Tax Refund to Work

Jason Alderman | Posted 06.11.2012 | Money
Jason Alderman

If you carry balances on multiple cards, always make at least the minimum payments to avoid penalties. Paying down the highest-rate card first will save the most money overall, but some people find that paying off smaller-balanced accounts first is a better motivator.

Loren Berlin

TurboTax Customers Say They Can't Access Tax Refunds

HuffingtonPost.com | Loren Berlin | Posted 04.11.2012 | Money

As if filing taxes isn't already a pain, some consumers are facing another giant hassle: They can't access their tax refund. Customers who filed th...

Five Reasons It's Good To Get A Tax Refund

AP | DAVE CARPENTER | Posted 05.28.2012 | Money

CHICAGO — Getting a big tax refund is supposed to make you feel guilty. Financial planners say it means you've had too much withheld from your ...