Introduction to a Tax Refund for Kids and Teens
This video explains the concept of tax refund in a simple, concise way for kids and beginners. It could be used by kids & teens to learn about income tax refunds, or used as a money & personal finance resource by parents and teachers as part of a Financial Literacy course or K-12 curriculum.
Suitable for students from grade levels:
- Elementary School
- Middle School
- High School
The topics covered are:
- What is a tax refund
- Why would you pay more tax than you have to
- Is it good to get a tax refund
- How to spend the tax refund money
What is a tax refund?
A tax refund is money that a taxpayer gets back from the government if they paid more income tax than they owed.
For example, if you were supposed to pay $10,000 in income tax, but paid $11,000, then you would get back the extra $1,000 as a tax refund.
Why would I pay more tax than I have to?
There are many reasons why you might end up paying extra tax.
Your employer might have withheld more tax from your paychecks than needed based on your W4 form.
If you are self-employed, you might have overestimated your quarterly taxes and therefore paid extra tax.
There is also a possibility that you were eligible for refundable tax credits – like child tax credit or education tax credit. If the credit is more than the tax you owe, you will receive a tax refund.
Is it good to get a tax refund?
A tax refund certainly feels exciting! In fact, many people think of tax refunds as free money – but that is far from the truth.
When you get a tax refund, it means you essentially gave the government an interest free loan! The government got to use your money for free, and is simply returning what was yours to begin with!
So it is better to not overpay taxes in the first place than it is to get a tax refund.
However, if you put the refund money to good use, a tax refund isn’t such a bad thing.
What should I do with the tax refund money?
You can also use it to build or boost your emergency fund.
Yet another good option is to invest the tax refund money.
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Podcast: What is a Tax Refund
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Everything you need to know about an income tax refund: What is a tax refund, Why would you pay more tax than you have to, Is it good to get a tax refund, How to spend the tax refund money, and more. Show notes and transcript at: What is a Tax Refund? A Simple Explanation …