How to Spend Your Income Tax Refund – 25 Ideas

25 things to do with your income tax refund.

Are you getting a big IRS income tax refund?

It’s always nice to get a nice chunk of change coming back to you, isn’t it?

But what will you be doing with your income tax refund?

I’m not always fond of looking forward to a large refund but they do happen and I know some people love getting them.  If you are getting a large income tax refund then at least put some thought into how you are going to use that money.

Having money in the bank is a great thing and when it’s a sizable amount you can really make some differences with your finances.

I came up with some ideas for a large income tax refund. 

I’ve broken it out into different sections to make it easier for you to find something of interest.  Make sure to read through to the end and add your suggestion in the comments!

25 Ideas for Your Income Tax Refund

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Which is More Valuable: Tax Deduction or Tax Credit?

What's more valuable? A tax deduction or a tax credit?

As Tax Day draws closer, many are looking for documentation and trying to figure out whether they are taking a deduction or credit for each item that they hope will bring a tax advantage.

Understanding the difference between a tax deduction and a tax credit is important — especially when you stop to consider that one is more valuable than the other.

Is That a Deduction or a Credit?

The difference between a tax deduction and a tax credit can be expressed by the way it affects your taxes.
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Blogger Tax Deductions You Can’t Afford to Miss!

Blogger tax deductions you can't afford to miss!

At first glance, it may not seem that you are spending a great deal on your blogging endeavors.

However, the fact is that blogging does cost money.  And, if you are making income from your blogging, you might want to offset some of that with the help of tax breaks for your costs.

Before you go claiming tax breaks, though, it is a good idea to double check to make sure that the items you claim truly are related to your blogging efforts.

If you are looking for some blogger tax deductions, here are some things to consider:

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TurboTax Online Review – What’s New for 2014 Return?

TurboTax Online Tax Prep Review

The nation’s most popular tax-preparation software continues to evolve and improve, providing even more reasons for the do-it-yourself tax preparer to select this product.

TurboTax has made several changes in its program, both to improve its service, and also to adjust to changes in the tax code.

Read on for our review of TurboTax and see what’s new for those filing their 2014 tax returns.

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Marginal Tax Rate VS Effective Tax Rate – Why You Need to Know the Difference

Marginal vs effective tax rates

Pop Quiz – What’s your effective tax rate for 2014? How about your marginal tax rate?

Don’t worry if you’re not sure.

Truth is most of us have no idea what either our marginal or effective income tax rates are.

They only seem to matter at income tax filing time, usually appearing as supplemental numbers in a computer generated income tax return.

One of the reasons we tend not to track these numbers is because they’re calculations, which for the most part, have no immediate relevance to us, but also because of complications in calculating them.

Because we have a progressive income tax system — tax rates rise with income — and because there are multiple taxes, the actual numbers can be difficult to calculate. In addition, each rate can change from one year to the next or from complications in the tax code.

We have two tax rate classifications then, marginal tax rate and effective tax rate.

Keep reading and you’ll learn the difference between the two as well as why it’s important to know the difference between them.

What is the marginal tax rate and the effective tax rate and how and when do they apply?

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Tax Time: Are You Reporting Your Income? Different Tax Forms to Look For

Income tax forms that report your income.

For many, income reporting at tax time is fairly straightforward.

You get a W-2, there’s your income.  The IRS gets a copy of the W-2, your state gets a copy, and you keep a copy for yourself.  Your income is reported on this form, and you don’t have to worry a great deal about other income reporting.

However, in a world that increasingly provides opportunities to earn money from side hustles and investments, reporting income has become a little more complex.

It can be tempting to avoid reporting income to the IRS, but it’s important to remember that failure to report your income is illegal, and can result in fines and penalties and even criminal charges.

As the IRS works to recapture some of the revenue it feels it has been losing lately, you should understand that more people are reporting your income to the IRS than before.

So you need to be on your toes.

See What Income Tax Forms Report Your Income That You Need to Keep an Eye Out For

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H&R Block At Home™ Online Tax Prep Software – Review

H&R Block Online Tax Prep Review

H&R Block Online Tax Prep Review

With more then 55 years in business, H&R Block is one of the most recognized tax preparation companies. Their do-it-yourself tax preparation with their online software, is one of the easiest ways to get your taxes done fast and accurately.

H&R Block online has a variety of support features and guarantees, making doing your taxes yourself worry free and simple.

Features of H&R Block Online Tax Prep Software:

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