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Knowing how you need to file your taxes depends on your income and filing status, as well as which deductions and credits you can claim. In this free ebook, we share some common errors to avoid.

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💵 Put Your Refund to Work

💵 Put Your Refund to Work

February 20, 2024

Saving money is a bit like eating healthy; you know you should eat your veggies, but it’s hard to resist indulging in something more fun! Like making healthy choices, a tax refund can present the opportunity to splurge. But, more importantly, it’s a chance to put yourself in a better financial position

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If you’re getting a refund from the IRS, here are some ideas on how to use it for your long-term benefit.

↗️ Boost or replenish your emergency fund

An emergency fund can cover basic living expenses and keep financial plans and retirement funds secure. If you don’t have at least three months of entire living expenses set aside, consider using your tax refund to get you closer to that goal.

💳 Pay down high-interest debt

If you have credit card debt, consider using your tax refund to pay down your balance to accelerate your debt repayment. Then, consider investing any leftover money in an interest-earning account (rather than one that charges you interest)! 

🏖️ Fund your retirement

Use your refund to boost your retirement account! The more time your money has to grow, the longer you can take advantage of the power of compound interest.

🏢 Invest in your career 

If there’s a course you’ve wanted to take to get your career to the next level, consider putting your tax refund toward tuition. Or, maybe you have a hobby you’ve always wanted to turn into a side business. Consider using the money to build up the inventory you need to get started.

🏠 Prepay your mortgage

Making extra mortgage payments now will lower your future financial obligation to the bank. Paying more earlier decreases the amount of interest you pay over the life of the loan.

🛠️ Update your home

Putting money toward home improvements is a wise investment. By investing in new windows and appliances, you’ll not only save money on utility bills, but you’ll also make your home more valuable when it’s time to sell. 

📜 Buy life insurance

If purchasing life insurance has always been on the back burner, a tax refund might be just what you need to enroll. A term life insurance policy is a cost-effective option to potentially protect your loved ones should something unexpected happen. 

💲 Support a charity

If you feel the need to give back, consider donating a portion or all of your tax refund to a charity, and lower your taxable income in the process.

So What's Next?

How you spend your money will ultimately depend upon your specific financial situation. We want you to get the biggest bang for your tax refund buck. If you have any questions regarding what to do with your tax refund, we’re here to help guide you in your best next steps.