This spring marks an especially rewarding -- and therefore potentially risky -- season for taxpayers who anticipate receiving a refund from the Internal Revenue Service. In addition to tax refunds that averaged $2,287 last year, most Americans will be receiving economic stimulus checks - up to $600 for individuals and $1,200 for couples.
Smart taxpayers will remember that this money is not just a windfall. A tax refund is a return of your own money that the government claimed for you this past year. And the economic stimulus checks are also returned taxpayer dollars.
Americans receiving substantial amounts back from the federal government have the opportunity to make a real difference in their financial picture. Here are eight great ways to make use of your tax and stimulus dollars:
Most importantly, use a tax "windfall" to invest in your future, not in a flashy lifestyle. You will thank yourself today and in future years.
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