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Student loans are one of the few debts that never go away. Because the government backs them, you can’t use bankruptcy proceedings to get out of them. Although they are low or even zero interest loans, you must start paying them back when you leave school. If you don’t, the government can go after your tax refund, among other things. Unemployment Payback
As a rule, you don’t have to pay back unemployment insurance benefits because they are funding mostly by the taxes your employer paid on its payroll. However, if you receive benefits you weren’t entitled to, the state government makes you pay them back. And if you don’t pay them back, the state can request that your federal income tax refund be held to pay the debt. Child Support
Child support is probably the most common reason that hold up tax refunds. Most states take child support payments seriously, garnishing your wages, taking away your drivers license, or even locking you up for failure to pay. The FMS will also take your tax refund to offset your child support debts.
(Black Voices) — The IRS reports that 75 percent of taxpayers get a tax refund check each year, and that the average income tax refund is currently about $3,100. Getting a refund check after a year of hard work often feels like a bonus, but isn’t a tax refund more like giving the government an interest-free loan?
The reason why you are getting a refund in the first place is because you ended up paying more taxes than you actually owed over the course of the year. That money could have been left in a high-interest savings account or put to some good use. Consider the following 8 reasons why getting a tax refund check is really not a good idea:
(McClatchy-Tribune Information Services) – Want your tax refund faster? Rather than wait for a refund check to come in the mail or be direct-deposited into a bank account, some taxpayers opt to get it immediately. For a price. They use what’s officially called a Refund Anticipation Loan, or RAL. Consumer groups derogatorily refer to them as tax refund “quickies.” Long offered by some of the nation’s biggest tax preparation companies, RALs are short-term loans backed by the “anticipated” tax return. You get your money fast, usually within one to two days, but with hefty fees deducted. Typically marketed to low- or moderate-income individuals, RALs are touted as a “financial lifeline” providing instant cash to help pay bills or unexpected expenses. But they don’t come cheap. And under scrutiny by consumer groups and others, they may be heading toward extinction. In recent months, a number of big-name tax preparers, including H&R Block, have stopped offering RALs because their banking partners have been forced to back out by federal regulators.