The 7 worst ways Americans are using their tax refunds

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Because of COVID-19, this year’s tax deadline got delayed three months to July 15. But even with the extra time, it appears many people are still waiting until the last minute to file — including many taxpayers who will be receiving refunds.

The IRS says that as of July 3, it processed 95 million refunds, down from 105 million by the same time last year.

The tax agency says Americans are getting back an average $2,762 this year, slightly more than during the 2019 tax season.

With the economy struggling and unemployment still high, managing a refund wisely is more important than ever. But many Americans aren’t making the best use of their windfalls.

See the seven worst ways people are using their tax refunds.

1. Letting it rot in checking accounts

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Setting a tax refund aside in an emergency fund is smart. Many financial

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The woman who wants to make kids better with money

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The BBC’s weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to Louise Hill, founder of GoHenry, a banking business that provides debit cards for children.

Standing on the touchline as her son played football, Louise Hill started moaning about how her kids’ spending habits were spiralling out of control.

At the time her son was eight and her daughter was 11. Louise was so frustrated by how much they were buying online that she would pin Apple invoices to the fridge door to help her kids understand why their £4 a week pocket money was now just 50p.

The two other parents she was chatting to back in 2009 had similar stories, so the conversation really struck a chord. And inspired the beginning of a business.

“One of the dads started talking about how his son had bought something on eBay, the

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