So, You Got a Refund?

So, You Got a Refund?
15 Apr 2016

The tax year has come and gone and you get your usual refund. What do you do with it? Or, better yet, is it good to even get a refund?  According to, three out of four taxpayers received a refund of $3,000 in 2015!  Although you may look at this a “windfall” or forced savings plan, you are essentially giving your money to the government as an interest free loan.  I don’t mind a refund, but $3,000 seems a bit high to me.  Changing the number of your exemptions on your W-4 or witholdings may help control the amount of the refund (please consult with your tax preparer at this point). What do most people do with their refunds? According to the same survey:


*31% of Americans will plan to save or invest it–You get a round of applause!

*28% of Americans will plan to pay down debt–Well, I cheer your decision on this as well!

*27% will spend it on day to day necessities–Do what you have to do.

*6% will splurge on shopping or a vacation–Good for you!


Whatever you do, I suggest if you have a hard time setting money aside regularly, increase your 401K contributions or open an IRA instead.  This will go further in aiding your retirement than giving the money to the government for free. Although, I imagine they would disagree.

Good Luck!



Cambridge and Premier Investments of Iowa Inc. do not provide tax advice.


Jeffrey Johnston

Jeffrey is originally from Solon, Iowa. He currently resides in Swisher, Iowa with his wife, Prudence, and his three children, Seth, Ian, and Roman. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1989, where he majored in Finance and Investments. He has 24 years of experience in the investment and estate planning business. He is currently the President of “Premier Investments of Iowa, Inc.” Jeffrey’s main focus is Estate and Investment Planning for Senior Citizens and Pre Retirees. Jeffrey became a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) in 2001. He is the author of many articles on industry related topics and he is a frequent seminar presenter. He is a Board Member TRIAD Linn County Seniors Against Crime, and he is also a past Board Member of the Heritage Area Agency on Aging Task Force. He is a member of CEO Roundtable in Cedar Rapids, a Daybreak Rotary Member, and a member of the Cedar Rapids Estate Planning Council. In March of 2009, Jeffrey became the host of the Premier Investments of Iowa Financial Hour which airs every Tuesday Evening from 6PM -7PM, on WMT 600 AM Radio. In his free time he enjoys golf, fishing, scuba diving, traveling, and coaching son’s basketball teams.