April 15 is Tax Day and the IRS estimates that the average U.S. household will receive a $2,800 tax refund this year. If you’re among the Americans expecting a refund, this 4-minute piece from NBC’s The Today Show may be helpful. It’s a talk about how to receive a refund and what to do with it.
Some of the key points discussed include:
1. Why state-issued tax refunds may be delayed this year
2. How wage-earning people can claim their “Making Work Pay” tax credit of up to $800
3. How to direct a tax refund to a 529 college savings plan for an even bigger tax refund
There’s also some sensible pointers on using tax refunds to pay down credit card debt, and to fund retirement plans, among other purposes.
If you haven’t started your tax planning yet, try to avoid leaving it for the last weekend. Not only will your tax preparer have more time for you now, but you’ll leave yourself more time to track down important statements and receipts that can boost your federal and state tax deductions.
Taxes are due in 21 days!