Five Ways to Use Your Tax Refund to Improve Your Finances

It can be tempting to use your tax return on something fun like a vacation or shopping spree, but the money you get back from the government can be used to improve your financial situation. In this blog, we detail five ways to use your tax refund to get yourself in better financial shape.

Starting or Adding to an Emergency Fund

While putting your tax return into savings may sound like a drag, you will thank yourself down the road. Creating a savings account specifically for emergency situations can help when life starts throwing you lemons like a job loss, illness or accident. Putting some or all your tax return into an account like this will allow you to have the funds available when you need them. Ideally, you should work up to having enough savings in reserve to cover six months of living expenses if you are unable to work.

Paying Down Credit Card Debt or Other Loans

Carrying a balance on a credit card adds up quickly and affects your credit score long-term. If you have a balance on your card, use your tax return to pay it off or pay it down. This can be applied to other credit as well such as auto or student loans, potentially saving you a few payments at the end of the loan.

Add or Create a Retirement Account

Use the money to open or add to your retirement account. There are many options available to suit any budget or lifestyle. The Capstone Planning Group* can create a personalized plan made specifically for you and your family.

Seed the College Fund

Whether you are starting or adding to a college fund, saving for your child’s future is a great use of your refund. Some 529 plans also allow for a deduction on your state income taxes, helping make your refund even bigger the next year.

Kickstart Your Business

Whether you want to expand your business or start a new one, your refund can be the perfect seed money. While that may not be enough to fund everything you need, we can help with various lines of commercial lending.

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