04/01/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Most Americans Will Save, Not Spend, Tax Rebate Checks

Tax rebates are the centerpiece of the government's plan to stimulate the economy, but many Americans are planning to put the money in the bank or use it to pay off debt, according to a survey released Monday.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll found that 41% of respondents plan to use their rebates to pay off bills, and 32% will put the money in savings. Just 21% of those polled intend to spend the money, while 3% said they will donate the extra money to charity.

The rebate checks are part of a $170 billion economic stimulus package passed by Congress last month that also includes tax rebates for small businesses, as well as payments to disabled veterans and some senior citizens.

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