Tax refunds are the only windfall many people ever see, and there's a big temptation to blow it all on something fun. There are better ideas.
There's no surefire way to avoid the nightmare millions of taxpayers fear: an IRS audit. But there are a lot of ways to reduce the risk.
Taxes are complicated and you're in a hurry, a recipe for error. Mistakes happen -- but avoid the obvious ones to maximize the money and minimize the wait.
According to the IRS, Uncle Sam misses out on $450 billion every year because of honest mistakes and dishonest taxpayers. Just who are the cheaters?
Another awful product is finally getting flushed down the drain. This is the last year any major tax prep service will offer refund anticipation loans, where fees can equal 150% interest.
Getting a fat check from Uncle Sam is nice, but using it to create a bigger refund check next year is even nicer.
Since taxes are complicated, you may think a pro is always the way to go. But if you don't need certain kinds of help, you're wasting your money.
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