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by Laura Hendrix - July 11, 2017
According to the IRS, the average amount of an individual tax refund year last year
was $2,797 and 70% of tax filers are expected to receive refunds this year. Tax time
can be a great opportunity to build financial stability by increasing savings.
Step One: Use IRS Form 8888 to automatically save all or part of your tax refund. You can deposit into up to
three accounts including savings accounts at a bank or credit union, TreasuryDirect®
online, IRA (traditional, Roth, or myRA), or a Coverdell education savings account.
In addition to account deposits, tax filers can purchase U.S. Series I Savings Bonds
Step Two: You must have an account (or accounts) in your name to use direct deposit. You can’t
deposit your refund into someone else’s account. There are many other good reasons
for not depositing your refund into someone else’s account. Beware of financial abuse
and scams at tax time. The routing and account numbers for each account must be listed
on Form 8888. Contact your financial institution if you don’t know where to find these
numbers. If you purchase savings bonds, you’ll need the names of the owners. You can
purchase savings bonds for yourself, your spouse, child, grandchild, or anyone else.
Bonds can have an owner and co-owner and you have the option of designating a beneficiary
(someone to inherit the bond if the owner dies).
Step Three: Enter the Save Your Refund contest at saveyourrefund.com.Save Your Refund is a promotional campaign sponsored and funded by two nonprofit
organizations - America Saves and Doorways to Dreams. The purpose of the Save Your
Refund campaign is to inspire tax filers to save all or part of their refund. Save
a minimum of $50 for the chance to win weekly prizes. Submit a photo to be entered
to win the grand prize of $25,000!
There are additional benefits of using Form 8888. Direct deposit is a faster way to
receive your refund than by check. You don’t have to make a trip to the bank. You
don’t have to worry about a refund check getting lost or stolen